Patrik Laine is 1998 born, very promising forward from Tampere, Finland.
He has a big frame, 6'3" with 200lbs (in 15 years of age), and good offensive abilities.
PPG phase at u18 league in season 2012-2013 (4 years underaged) 27gp: 17g 26p
He plays in Tappara's u20 and u18 teams this season, and has produced well offensively. I'm not quite sure of his actual stats of 2013-2014, but he has played multi-point games in u20 and u18 levels both.
On international level, he has been the star of Finnish u16 and u17 teams. (4+1 in one game on u16, hat trick in one game on u17 for example).
Other than that, I know nothing about the guy. Could Tappara fans or other fellows with better knowledge tell us more? I've heard rumors about him being "Joel Armia" -type of player with varying attitude for playing. For example, some times he creates flashy plays and wins the games by himself, other times he just surfs around the ice wanting to do nothing?
Along with Jesse Puljujärvi, this guy seems like first round caliber player in 1998's draft, is that so?
So far, Laine's Jr A stats are:
22gp 10g 5a 15 points 0.68 points per game.
He has also played some Jr B games,scoring at a much higher rate. From a numbers point of view, there aren't too many comparisons. I can only think of two players who played a similar number of games in Junior A at the same age: Aleksander Barkov and Jonatan Tanus. Both scored at a rate identical to Laine during the 2010-11 season. We know what happened with Barkov. Tanus was passed over in the last draft and is currently much less than a point-per-game in the OHL. Also, your thread title might be somewhat misleading, as Laine is nowhere near ready to play in the Liiga.
Jesus. With that frame you cannot say anything for sure. Maybe he is just mature beyond his years; and obviously he is. His development may hit a plateau or slow down compared to his peers in upcoming years. These big kids - you cannot say anything about them except that they are good as of now for their age group; on the other hand, if you are small and skillful, you will be doubted even more. So, who the hell knows about these 15 yo kids? When they grow, if they grow, if they develop, when they develop, if they grow and lose their game or whatever... It's a crapshoot to predict anything unless you are some friggin' Barkov.
I saw him playing last season and thought he could become a really nice player in the future. Big, has good hands, and a heavy shot. Decent skater, too. He was one of the best players for Tappara U18 team. I thought he could work on his defensive commitment a little bit. But it was just a few games that I saw him playing.
Not sure whether he's a first round talent at this point, but certainly a talented player.
All i know that this kid has tons of skill and knows how to score goals. Obviously he has huge size advantage at this point, but its not all because of the size. Laine has some big holes in his game but the potential is there.
Hard to tell, but the most important thing is that we have names like Laine, Saarela or Puljujärvi who most definately have the potential to be very, very good. Even if one of them pans out in Nhl, ill be excited.