Laine, 19, finished second among NHL rookies in scoring this past season with 64 points (36G, 28A) in 73 games. He led NHL rookies with 0.88 points per game, nine power play goals and a 17.6% shooting percentage. Laine’s 36 goals led the Jets and established a new franchise record for most goals in a season by a rookie. He also finished seventh in NHL goal scoring and led the NHL with three hat tricks – the first of which happened on Oct. 19 against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he scored the winning goal in overtime in his fourth NHL game. He also had a pair hat tricks against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 8 and Feb. 14. He led the Jets with five multi-goal games and had a season high seven-game point streak from Jan. 3-Feb. 2 (4G, 8A). In his NHL debut in the season opener on Oct. 13 against the Carolina Hurricanes, Laine had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win in overtime. Despite missing seven games in January with a concussion, Laine maintained the NHL’s rookie scoring lead until Mar. 25.
Among the accolades from his rookie season, Laine represented the Jets at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game. He was selected the NHL’s rookie of the month for February and the NHL’s first star of the week for the week ending Feb. 19.
Winnipeg selected Laine with the second overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The 2016-17 winner of the Calder Trophy will be announced on Wednesday, June 21 during the 2017 NHL Awards Show from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.