Patrik Laine is one of the NHL’s best young goal-scorers. The Finn has tallied 30 or more goals in his first three seasons and at age 22, will likely be able to handle a long layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic better than most.
So when reporters asked the Jets forward what hockey will like initially if it returns this summer, his answer was not encouraging.
“My game’s probably going to look terrible,” Laine said.
Patrik Laine on what hockey will like initially if it returns this summer: “My game's probably going to look terrible.”
— Joshua Clipperton (@JClipperton_CP) May 22, 2020
Like most NHL players, including the Capitals’ John Carlson, Laine has not been on the ice for the last nine weeks since the NHL suspended its season on March 12. Despite his rustiness, Laine would still like to return and wouldn’t mind the NHL’s 24-team playoff format.
Laine on 24-team playoff format: "I don't really care personally. I just want to play and I can do whatever format they decide. It's still hockey, but I don't mind the format. It's not an issue for me."
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) May 22, 2020
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