Geek of the Week: Patrik Laine

by Scott Maran on January 8, 2017 | (0 Comments)

Like Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine has had an immediate impact on fantasy lineups.

In every draft, there will usually always be a top player who immediately makes an impact in the NHL, and the 2016 NHL Draft class was no exception. Last week we took a look at Auston Matthews and how he is already positively affecting the Leafs and fantasy hockey teams so early in his career. But how about the second overall pick? Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the not-so-underrated Patrik Laine.

Once Auston Matthews was off the board, it was a foregone conclusion that the Winnipeg Jets would select Patrik Laine, the one dubbed as the Finnish Flash 2.0, with their second overall pick. Born in Finland, Laine worked his way up through the country’s junior leagues to eventual find himself in the top league in his draft year. Playing for Tappara in Liiga, Laine impressed many by scoring 17 goals and 16 assists in 46 games. But what really showed people that he was a unique talent was his unbelievable World Juniors performance. Representing Finland and leading the team to a gold medal, Laine was named the tournament MVP after recording seven goals and five assists in only 10 games. However, he only continued to shine as him and his team entered the playoffs in Liiga. It was here where he tallied 10 goals and five assists in 18 games, the most goals in the playoffs by any player. He was also named the best player in the playoffs as well as the rookie of the year.

With deadly offensive instincts and a lethal shot, it was clear that Laine would be a great player for a long time in the NHL. However, it’s always hard to predict how a rookie will do in his first year in the NHL. Drafted on average with the 118th pick in Yahoo fantasy leagues and 125th in Fantrax leagues, fantasy owners were weary to make a big commitment to the young forward. So let’s see how he’s done so far this season.

To do this, we’ll be using our trusty Fantasy Hockey Geek tool. For our sample league, we’ll being using an average 12-team H2H Yahoo league measuring G, A, PPP, SOG, Hits, W, SV%, GAA, and SO with this season’s stats.
 

 

Rank

Fantrax ADP

FHG Value

G

A

SOG

PPP

HITS

Patrick Kane

25

3

51

11

26

129

11

13

Phil Kessel

26

52

50

12

25

103

16

6

Patrik Laine

27

125

49

20

14

106

11

49

Patric Hornqvist

28

120

49

9

13

117

9

104

Claude Giroux

29

33

49

10

22

104

16

26


Despite not even being drafted inside the top-100, Patrik Laine has been phenomenal this season for fantasy owners. Laine has already proved to be one of the best goal scorers in the NHL, as his 20 goals are surely helping fantasy owners out. His assists are a bit low, but he makes up for it in other categories. While Laine’s shot rate isn’t as dominant as Auston Matthews’, it is still great. With 106 shots in 41 games, Laine has the 35th most shots in the league. Not to mention his hit totals are good while his power-play points are right about average.

For a guy providing value equivalent value to Patrick Kane, I don’t think many fantasy owners are upset with how Laine’s performing for them this year. There was some hesitation when drafting him this season since he was a bit of an unknown quality, but you can surely bet Laine will be going high in drafts next year after his rookie performance.

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