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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

Many draft prognosticators have Auston Matthews going first overall to Toronto at the end of this month. Don’t remind Patrik Laine, who is hoping to convince the Leafs he is worthy of that spot.

“Sure, of course,” said Laine. “There’s lots of time until to the draft to show the Leafs that I’m worth the first overall. I will do everything I can to make that happen.”

Laine concedes that there isn’t much left he can do to swing their decision at this point in the off-season, but he’s still hoping the tape will speak for itself.

“I can’t do that much anymore, it’s just interviews and a couple of tests,” he said. “I think I showed my skills this season. I think I’ve done my work on the ice and they can now decide.”

Laine won the Jari Kurri Trophy as playoff MVP with Tappara in the Finnish Elite League. He had 17 goals and 33 points in 46 games this season.

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