By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder
The National Hockey League recently announced its Three Stars of the Week and Stars of the Month. To no surprise, two Winnipeg Jets found their names on the list.
Following a month of November in which Jets' forward Patrik Laine could seemingly do no wrong, the 20-year-old Finn picked up his first career First Star of the Month award. It was also Laine's first mention in the Three Stars of the Month, as well as the first time that a Winnipeg Jets player received such an honour.
Throughout the month of November, Laine strung together an incredible set of goals, finishing the calendar month with 18 goals and one assist for 19 points in just 12 games played. Included in November was the Jets' trip overseas to Finland in which Laine collected a hat trick against the Florida Panthers. Laine is the first player in NHL history to put up a hat trick in three different countries.
Laine had five multi-goal performances during November, including three hat tricks and one five-goal night. His lone assist came November 16th against Buffalo. The Tampere, FI. product was held pointless in just three November games, and went without at least one goal just four times. The 2017-18 league leader in power play goals already has 11 goals on the man advantage this season, while putting up 21 goals and three assists through 26 games. Laine edged Nathan MacKinnon and Marc-Andre Fleury for November's First Star of the Month award.
On Monday, the league also announced that Jets' centreman Mark Scheifele had been awarded the league's First Star of the Week following his five-goal, eight-point performance, beating out Adin Hill and Jonathan Huberdeau for that honour.
Scheifele's eight points in four games was highlighted by an overtime winning goal in overtime against the New Jersey Devils Saturday, before potting a power play marker and the shootout winner against the New York Rangers on Sunday evening. Scheifele finds himself sitting comfortably in the NHL's top-ten in the goals category (16) and points (32).
Winnipeg continues its road trip Tuesday evening in New York, as the Jets take on the Islanders at 6:00 P.M. central time. The game can be viewed live on TSN3 for those in the Winnipeg Jets region.