Breakdown of the Patrick Laine Trade
Statistical comparison of trade results thus far
Patrick Laine to the Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrick Laine, former 2nd overall draft pick in 2016, has been making a strong impact in the Jets’ lineup so far in his career. In 306 NHL games, Laine holds a whopping 250 points (140 G 110 A) which is a phenomenal statistic as only eight other players have scored this many points in that specific time range. Not surprisingly, Alex Ovechkin leads this category. However, there is more to the trade than Laine, as his teammate, Jack Roslovic was also accompanied in this trade. In return for trading away Laine and Roslovic, the Jets received the 2016 3rd overall pick, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and a third-round pick in 2022. This is overall a pretty even trade considering Dubois is one of the top centers in the league. There is reasoning behind this blockbuster trade, as the Jets explained there was difficulty in agreement to find a role for Laine that was comfortable for both him and the Jets.
How has the trade compared so far?
Laine’s 4th week with the Blue Jackets was a turbulent one, between scoring his first goal in Columbus and even being benched for nearly an entire game this week was anything but relaxed for Laine. However, he bounced back the following game against Chigaco with a team-leading 20:23 minutes of ice time. Liane stated in a post-game interview that he disrespected a Jets staff member, hence why he barely played that night. After this short disciplining, there is reason to believe that Laine is going to flourish in the Blue Jackets system. At his current pace of 4 goals and 10 assists, Laine is on pace to finish in the 75 to 80 point margin. This is a very strong margin to finish in considering the previous years he has averaged 62 season points.
Taking a further look into the stat sheet, Laine has a fenwick score of 46.34 in his first 16 games this season. This is a moderately strong fenwick score, considering he has moved teams and been incorporated into new team systems. These systems are not always easy to learn at first, but in previous games, Laine has taken stride and it is looking promising for the skilled forward. Laine has four points in his last five games (3 G 1 A), showing off his cannon for a shot. The real question is, who will be able to stop Laine?