In the Shadow of Laine: Finn (Part Two)

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Due to the impressive play of Patrik Laine, many have begun to overlook Jesse Puljujärvi in the weeks leading up to the NHL Draft Lottery. While Laine’s Tappara was winning the SM-Liiga crown, Puljujärvi flew off to join the national team at the U-18s. And promptly scored a hat-trick. Against Sweden. In the gold medal game.  Continue reading “In the Shadow of Laine: Finn (Part Two)”

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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)”