Patrik Laine reflects on tough season with Columbus Blue Jackets

Published May 11, 2021 at 12:53

Patrik Laine recently expressed his desire to stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets but was candid about the struggles of his first season with the team.

The 23-year-old forward didn't hold back in describing the challenges he faced, making it clear that this season was far from what he had hoped for.

«You won't see me in the Worlds,»

Laine stated when asked if he would play for Team Finland at the 2021 World Championship.

«Because of this season, I can't stand even a game of hockey. It was an absolutely miserable experience team-wise and personally. Only good thing is that the season is over. Everything that could've gone wrong, went wrong.»

Despite these strong words, Laine has also mentioned that he enjoys being in Columbus. However, his frustration is understandable given the season's outcome. The Blue Jackets struggled as a team, and Laine experienced his worst season to date, with just 10 goals and 21 points in 45 games. This performance starkly contrasts with his previous years as an elite goal scorer.

Laine's comments were originally published in a Finnish outlet, which may lead to some misinterpretations in translation. Nevertheless, the essence of his message is clear—this season was a significant disappointment, both for him personally and for the team.

The full context of his remarks can be found at

As Laine looks ahead, the hope is that he can use the offseason to reset and return to his former high-scoring form.
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