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Wake Up Patrik Laine

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

The numbers from Tuesday’s game tell the whole story for slumping sniper Patrik Laine.

Zero goals, zero assists, zero shots, zero shot attempts, zero hits, minus-1 and 31.25% possession in a career-low 10:55 of ice time.

Those are the kinds of stats that usually lead to a healthy scratch.

While it once seemed laughable that the Winnipeg Jets might consider giving their 20-year-old star a seat in the press box — when he was scoring 18 goals in the month of November — it now looks like the kind of wakeup call the young Finn needs.

Jets coach Paul Maurice already sent a message Tuesday with Laine’s ice time. He had only three shifts, totalling 2:17 in the second period.

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The guy is too one-dimensional. He does the same thing repetitively all over again and he becomes tired of it. Regardless of being good in it. If he tried to be well rounded, it would make him more useful to his team. The wider pallette of approaches and plays would make him also less apathetic and burned out.

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 01/30/19 at 06:07 PM ET

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The guy is too one-dimensional. He does the same thing repetitively all over again and he becomes tired of it. Regardless of being good in it. If he tried to be well rounded, it would make him more useful to his team. The wider pallette of approaches and plays would make him also less apathetic and burned out.

One could easily have said the same thing about Ovechkin early in his career. Laine is only 20 and still learning the NHL game. He does need to learn to use more areas of the ice. He tends to fall too much into his comfort zone but that’s probably because he is being handed a lot of new responsibilities right now.

Posted by evileye on 01/31/19 at 11:16 AM ET

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