Friday, January 20, 2017

Laine Skates in Non-Contact Jersey at Jets Practice

Patrik Laine is getting closer to making his return. The Winnipeg Jets rookie skated in the yellow non-contact jersey at practice today in Winnipeg.

Laine was concussed on January 7 after taking a big hit from Buffalo's Jake McCabe.

The 19-year-old phenom has been magnificent in his first NHL season, pouring in 21 goals and 16 assists in 37 games.

"It was nice to go out there with the team," Laine said. "I'm feeling pretty good."

When Laine asked if he was symptom free he answered: "Yeah, kind of."

He said he really can't remember the hit he took from McCabe. "I got the puck, and that's it--can't remember anything else. I can't. That's all."

Paul Maurice also commented on Laine's status today in Winnipeg.

"He has skated for two days," said head coach Paul Maurice. "He comes back in tomorrow and if he's right where he left off and felt good then we would start to push the heart rate a little bit and kind of gradually work up from there."

Maurice says there are tests that Laine will have to undergo before they determine if he's fit for contact.

"He's absolutely not getting back into a game until he's at 100 percent and clear," said Maurice.

At that point, Maurice says that he'll insert him into the lineup. "Once a guy is ready to go and he feels good you want it out of his mind," Mauricd said. "You want to soon get him back into the flow."