Jets’ Patrik Laine admits his game might look ‘terrible’ if NHL resumes this summer
- Patrik Laine is eager to get back on the ice.
- The Winnipeg Jets sniper also knows post-quarantine hockey will feature plenty of rust — at least initially — if the NHL gets the green light to return this summer.
“My game is probably gonna look terrible since I haven’t skated for two months,” Laine said on a video conference call with reporters Friday. “It’s always a struggle to come back after a long period when you haven’t skated.”
- Laine said that while the game itself might be rough around the edges early, it shouldn’t take long for NHLers to get back in the swing of things.
“If there’s a training camp or something like that, I think it’ll be a good playoff run since everybody’s rested and hopefully healthy,” said the 22-year-old. “I think it would be a great playoff run.”
- Laine, who is back home in Finland, had 28 goals and 63 points through 68 games when the NHL suspended its season March 12 amid the widening novel coronavirus outbreak.
- He averaged 40 goals over his first two campaigns, but had just 50 points (30 goals, 20 assists) in 2018-19 before rebounding this season.
Sources & Credits: The Canadian Press