Blue Jackets' Laine & Gaudreau Expecting Results Immediately

The Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the hockey world this summer when they landed prized free agent Johnny Gaudreau. While many people were excited throughout the organization, perhaps none other than Blue Jackets winger Patrik Laine.

Laine is slated to begin the season on the opposite wing of Gaudreau and look for Boone Jenner to get first crack down the middle with the two dynamic wingers. The excitement is building and the anticipation of what could potential be to come is sky high. Laine spoke about getting the chance to play with Gaudreau, someone he called the best offensive player he's ever got a chance to play on a line with:

I think (Gaudreau's) probably the best offensive guy I've ever had a chance to play with, no offense to anybody that I've played with. It should hopefully bring out the best in me, and I'm obviously (going to) try to make the best I can to make it work and do what I can on the ice. Obviously, I think we can benefit each other out there. On paper, you would think it should work, and obviously, I'm hoping for that as well. But like I've always said, good players always find a way to make it work, and I still consider myself as an alright player, so I'm sure we can find a way to make it work.
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Gaudreau sounds just as excited as the trio has a chance to be one of the most dynamic lines in the league. If you have a chance to pick up Jenner on your fantasy team, that may be a wise move. As for Johnny Hockey, he had this to say about what he expects to see on the ice:
Obviously, (Laine is) a really, really smart player. He can see the ice really, really well, and his shot's just off the charts. I kind of see myself as a pass-first guy, so hopefully, I can find him somewhere in the slot or in the zone, and it'll probably go in if he has a second or two to get the shot off.

The fun begins for Blue Jackets fans on September 25 when they play their first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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