Forward Patrik Laine signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. The contract carries an NHL salary-cap charge of $925,000 per season, but Laine can earn as much as $3.575 million per year with the potential for up to $2.65 million in bonuses each season.
Laine, 18, was the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
"It's quite awesome to sign my first NHL contract," Laine said. "I've always wanted to do that and now I've done it, so I'm proud of myself."
Laine is very appreciative of his parents.
"I think I'm going to give the signing bonus to my parents," he said. "They have helped me so much during the way and made this possible that I'm here, so I think I want to pay them back."
At the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia, Laine led all players with seven goals (12 points) and was named tournament MVP for Finland, which won the silver medal, losing 2-0 to Canada in the gold-medal game. At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, he had seven goals to lead all players, 13 points in 10 games, and was named to the tournament's all-star team.
On May 27, Laine was added to Team Finland's roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
"It's my first kind of huge tournament to play against the best teams in the world," he said. "It's so nice to be there and play with all the Finnish guys against the top players. I think it's going to be a pretty amazing tournament."
Laine injured his left knee in a 4-0 win against Canada at the World Championship on May 17 and felt discomfort in it at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo last month. He hasn't skated since.
"I'm not going to skate for a while," Laine said. "I don't want to hurt myself. I don't need much time on the ice. I just want to work off the ice, work hard, and I think the skating will come after that."
Laine is the third player from the 2016 draft class to sign, following No. 3 pick Pierre-Luc Dubois with the Columbus Blue Jackets and No. 9 pick Mikhail Sergachev with the Montreal Canadiens.