Sorry for the out of order picks. Things have been a little hectic for ol’ CB18
So you now know we’ve selected Auston Mathews as number one overall, so you also now know that our second selection is Patrik Laine. The best shooter in this draft, Patrik Laine draws comparisons to Alex Ovechkin in terms of his play. From Matias Strozyk of eliteprospects.com:
A natural scorer, Laine’s greatest asset is his intimidating shot. He’s not a speedy skater, but possesses power and a long stride, and protects the puck well with his large frame and longer stick. Overall, skating has been a minor issue through Laine’s development but has improved with some help from his ability to read the game. Laine has the hunger to create chances on his own from the wing and actively looks for and creates opportunities to use his shot. His elite wrist shot is notable for its quick release and his powerful one-timer from the top of the circle is a constant threat on the man-advantage
Other than Mathews or Puljujari, Laine is a likely choice to crack an NHL roster this year. Playing in the top league in Finland this year, Laine managed 28 points in 50 games (13g 15a), but what really got people excited was his playoff and tournament performances, Four goals, five assists in ten games for Karpat. At U18, he put up a 5-2-7 line in 4 games, then exploded at U20 for 5-12-17 in 7 games on route to a gold medal (his second this year).
The NHL Awards are this evening and while we look forward to our Patrice of Bergeron winning another Selke, we are saddened that Cuba Gooding, Jr is sadly not hosting this year. The NHL should correct this for next year