It seems that Patrik Laine is going to explore all of his options as he becomes a restricted free agent this offseason.
"However, if contract talks fail to get off in the right direction, multiple sources close to the situation have told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta that Laine is willing to explore all of his options and that includes the possibility of signing an offer sheet with another club or asking for a trade."
The former second overall pick in 2016 didn’t have a great season this year. In 82 games he scored 30 goals and added 20 assists for 50 points. That was a career low across all three categories. After a 44 goal season in 2017-18, it wasn’t great timing for Laine to have a down year.
But he’s still a great player and is still incredibly young. He just turned 21-years-old in April.
His goal scoring quality is undeniable. Since entering the league in 2016-17 only five players have scored more goals than Laine. And again, he had a down year last season.
We know that the New York Islanders have a need on the right and they have a need for goal scoring. If it comes to Laine asking for a trade out of Winnipeg, can the Islanders get it on it? If they did, they’d have to pay up for it.
My thinking behind the trade proposal is what Laine would cost in the form of an offer sheet. I’m assuming that offer sheet is somewhere between $8.5 to $9 million.
The compensation for that offer sheet would be two first-round picks (Wahlstrom and 2019 first) a second (Wilde) and a third rounder (Scott Mayfield).
It’s still a lot for a player that might have a wicked shot and is great on the power play but isn’t the best defensive player around. Although to be fair, Alex Ovechkin wasn’t very good defensively until Barry Trotz got a hold of him.