The Winnipeg Jets are thriving as a group this season but the team’s brightest young star, Patrik Laine, is in a slump and not performing up to the high standards he sets for himself. Laine got off to a strong start with four goals and six points in the first seven games of the season but has since quieted down as he searches for ways to get back on track. “My confidence is not up again but I just try to work hard every shift,” Laine told reporters following his team’s practice Friday. “It doesn’t matter what your confidence level is. Just work hard and do those simple things on the ice and do those winning little things on the ice.” The Tampere, Finland native is fourth on the Jets in scoring with 17 points in 25 contests and is on pace for 36 goals, which would equal his total from last season. In the past six games he has just one goal, one assist and is averaging only 14:42 of ice time, down from the 16:54 he had averaged through the first 19 games of the season. Laine was stumped when asked what his coach, Paul Maurice, might want him to do to get out of his slump.
Jets’ Patrik Laine says he’s struggling with confidence issues again
Sportsnet | Dec 1