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The Laine Timeline – A look back at his 2016/17 – And what did you do when you were 18 or 19 years old?

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Laine in a bottle – a brief breakdown of his hockey career so far…

January 5th/2016 – Wins Gold Medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in him home country of Finland. In seven games, Laine scores sevens goals and adds six assists to finish at +8 for the tournament.

April 26/2016 – In his last game in the Finnish league, Laine’s team SM Liiga, wins their championship. Laine in 18 games scores 10 goals and five assists. Is named the winner of the Jari Kurri playoff MVP Trophy.

July 1st/2016 – Drafted into the NHL second overall by the Winnipeg Jets.

July 3rd/2016 – Signs a three year deal with the Jets, paying him 3.575 million annually plus 2.65 million in bonuses.

October 13th/2016 – Makes pro debut with the Jets, hosting the Carolina Hurricanes. Laine scores his first professional goal and adds an assist in the Jets win.

October 19th/2016 – Scores his first NHL hat trick.

November 8th/2016 – Scores his second NHL hat trick.

December 12th/2016 – Laine scores on his own net in a loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

January 7th/2017 – Suffers a concussion in the third period in Buffalo on a hit by the Sabres Jake McCabe.

January 10th/2017 – Named to his first NHL All Star Team.

February 14th/2017 – Scores his third NHL hat trick.

February 21st/2017 – Sets the Jets/Thrashers franchise record for a rookie with 29 goals, a record previously held by Ilya Kovalchuk.

April 8th/2017 – Laine admitted that he’s feeling tired and a little worn out in an interview with the Winnipeg Sun:
“Yeah, it’s been a long season,” Laine said. “There was the World Cup and all the exhibition games and almost a full season and concussions and that kind of stuff… the pace is just so much higher and, of course, we’re playing almost every second day. So it’s tough, and all the travelling and switching time zones – that’s something I haven’t (been) used to. Right now I’m pretty tired.” Between his Finnish League playoffs, World Hockey Championship and World Junior Championship, Laine played roughly 100 games last season. Add the physical toll of a full NHL season, and you can understand why the 18-year-old is out of gas. Laine also said he’s not sure if he’s going to suit up for Finland at the upcoming World Championships. He had 36 goals and 64 points in 72 games at this point of the season.

April 10th/2017 – Again, citing fatigue, Laine decided not to participate in the 2017 World Championships.

April 21st/2017 – Laine was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which goes annually to the NHL’s top rookie.
Laine finished the 2016-17 season second among NHL rookies with 34 goals and 64 points in 73 games. His goal total also ranked him seventh overall in league. Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Columbus’ Zach Werenski are the other finalists for the Calder Trophy. Laine was neck and neck with Matthews for most of the season, but the Leafs center gained some separation down the stretch to make him the favorite for the award. Still, it was an incredible introduction to NHL action for the Jets winger and it won’t be long before he is challenging for 50 goals.

October 20th/2017 – Patrik Laine scored two goals in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Laine opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 8:07 mark of the first period. His second power play goal late in the second frame tied the game at three. Laine finished the game with eight shots on goal in 19:26 of ice time. The Jets forward now has four goals and two assists in seven games this season.

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Sabres Name Jack Eichel Captain

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The Buffalo Sabres have named Jack Eichel team captain, becoming the 28th captain in franchise history and the first player to wear the ‘C’ since Brian Gionta did from 2014 to 2017, as the team did not name a captain last season.

Eichel signed an eight-year, $80-million contract extension last season and has led Buffalo in points each of the last 2 years.

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Predators Acquire Nick Baptiste from Sabres for Jack Dougherty

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The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Nick Baptiste from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Jack Doughtery in a trade that was announced by both teams on Monday.

Baptiste appeared in 33 games for the Sabres last season, scoring 4 goals and notching 2 assists. Baptiste was Buffalo’s 2013 third-round draft pick.

Dougherty has played the past 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate team, where he registered 1 goal and picked up 11 assists over 63 games with the team last season.

 

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Sabres Re-Sign Sam Reinhart

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The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year deal that pays $3.65 million annually, according to an official team press release.

Reinhart set new career highs in games played (82), goals (25), points (50), power-play goals (12) and power-play points (21) during the 2017-18 regular season.

 

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