Highly touted forward prospect Patrik Laine began dealing with a left leg issue at the NHL Scouting Combine.
Laine, who is likely to go second overall in the draft later this month, began to experience discomfort in his leg during the VO2 max bike test on Friday, according to NHL.com, and he said he’ll stick to upper-body tests for the duration of the event.
“I couldn’t finish [the tests] because I had some problem with my leg, but I think it went pretty normal otherwise,” said Laine. “I’m OK. I didn’t finish the test because I just don’t want to get hurt; I have an important summer and I don’t want to miss that.”
With the draft approaching, it’s believed Laine, the MVP for the Finnish league playoffs and named to Finland’s World Cup team, will go No. 2 after Auston Matthews.
It’s difficult to imagine this having any possible impact on where Laine goes in the draft, especially given his already glowing list of hockey accomplishments — he was also named MVP for the world hockey championship following a stellar world junior run with Finland.
“I don’t know that I can do that much more now,” said Laine, as per the Buffalo News.
“It’s just interviews and a couple tests. I think I showed my skills during the season. I think I’ve done my work at the ice and they can now decide.”