Finn (Part One)

Laine_goalPatrik Laine’s play has drawn some flattering comparisons to Alexander Ovechkin, the player Laine says he molds his game after. Laine’s countryman, Jesse Puljujarvi, has drawn comparisons to Florida Panthers center and fellow Finn, Aleksander Barkov.

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship brought the spotlight on these two young potential stars and they more than lived up to the hype. The problem with the WJC is that it is not terribly useful in the projection of prospects,  rightfully earning the tongue in cheek title of the “tournament of small sample sizes” from some.

So how have the seasons of these respective players gone? Do they give us a bigger picture? In Part One of this analysis, we take a closer look at Patrik Laine. Continue reading “Finn (Part One)”