The Winnipeg Jets have signed 2016 2nd overall selection Patrik Laine to his entry-level contract. According to the Jets official site, the three year deal is worth an average annual value of $3.575 million, including $2.65 million in bonuses (goals scored, anyone?).
Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is already on record saying he expects Laine to crack the NHL roster next season. In the seemingly unlikely event he doesn't, it would be interesting if Laine would be reassigned to the Manitoba Moose, or loaned back to his Liiga club Tappara. Either would benefit immensely from his presence, but again, the safe bet is on his earning a top-nine (if not top-six) role with the Jets.
Though Winnipeg's 2016 Development Camp is in full swing, Laine remains unable to participate in any on-ice activities while recovering from minor knee surgery. If it's any consolation, fellow Finn and future Jari Kurri-esque menace Jesse Puljujarvi hasn't exactly been a picture of health either.
Any folks planning to attend the dev camp's practices and/or 6:00 PM intrasquad game on Tuesday, July 5th? If so, be sure to share your thoughts and impressions, whether in the Comments section below or a fanpost!