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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/19/2017

If you haven't heard of Patrik Laine yet, you will. A lot. Over the next decade or two.  The Winnipeg Jets struck gold with the 2nd overall pick in the 2016 draft and Laine has not disappointed in his rookie season.  He has found the net 28 times in 54 games.  This week, he scored 5 goals (including a hat trick against Dallas), while leading the Jets to a 3-1 record including a brutal road trip to Ottawa, Montreal, and Pittsburgh, all of which are top playoff contenders.  The Jets are on the cusp of a playoff appearance after a last place division finish just a year ago.  This week, Laine also chipped in three assists and a staggering +7 plus/minus (greater than 0 in each game).  Did I mention the Finn is still 2 months from his 19th birthday?  Get on the Laine train now, it's going to be a fun ride!  Patrik Laine is our Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

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