Patrik Laine is not a Winnipeg Jet- yet. But that is almost 100% expected to become official on June 24th in Buffalo with the second pick of the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.
So it’s not a reach at all to say the Jets “future” prospect has been named to the lineup of Team Finland as one of that country’s seven final additions for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto this September.
Laine’s portfolio continues to grow as the 18 year old 6-3, 209 pound left winger is coming off MVP performances in the Finnish Elite League Playoffs and the recent IIHF World Championship Tournament.
A current Jets prospect also received good news Friday Morning as Forward Ivan Telegin is one of the 7 late adds to the Team Russia lineup. Telegin turned in a solid performance for the Bronze Medalists at the World Championship Tournament. But playing in Russia the past two seasons, rather than the AHL Manitoba Moose, hasn’t fostered a “rosy relationship” between Telegin and Jets management.
There is a chance the swift skating 6-3, 200 pound Center could be representing a different NHL team- IF Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff decides to use Telegin as an asset to strengthen the hockey team via a trade. Be that at the draft or over the course of the summer.
Mark Scheifele is a solid candidate to be named to Team North America later today at 5:15 p.m. CDT while Jacob Trouba and Kyle Connor might be considered. Both Scheifele and Trouba are Restricted Free Agents.
And just a few minutes earlier, Nikolaj Ehlers is hoping he has done enough to earn a spot on Team Europe for their final 7 additions which will be announced at 5:09 p.m. CDT.