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Patrik Laine Will Make Debut for the Blue Jackets Tuesday

Patrik Laine will make his Columbus Blue Jackets debut Tuesday night. He talked his excitement to join the team and how he thinks he can help.

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Even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, it feels like a long-time coming and Patrik Laine will finally make his debut for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. After being moved by the Winnipeg Jets in a trade that saw the Jets bring back Pierre-Luc Dubois, Laine says he’s excited to put on a Blue Jackets’ jersey.

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Laine says “It’s finally good to be here.” He discussed going through the process of getting ready, including getting his paperwork done, going through quarantine and skating with the team. He says he’s been watching the club a bit since learning he’d be joining them and he’s hoping he adds his particular set of skills (said in a Liam Neeson voice) and can contribute. “They look pretty good. I think there’s still a lot of room to improve, but they look good,” he said of what he’s seen so far.

“Hopefully, I can bring my abilities and my strengths into the lineup and hopefully get a lot of wins,” Laine said when he was asked how he might be able to help the team.

Tortorella Says Blue Jackets Need Laine’s Offense

Head coach John Tortorella said of Laine’s inclusion in the lineup that it will be good to have him on the roster since the team has trouble scoring goals and Laine is an offensive player. “There’s no question we need to score some goals,” Tortorella said. “This guy can score goals so it’s certainly a welcome addition to the team.”

Laine will be looking to jump in as part of the team’s top-six, likely on the top line and will be looked upon to produce offense for a Blue Jackets club that ranks 22nd out of 31 teams in terms of goals scored. Alexandre Texier currently sits at the top of the team’s chart for goals with four. Laine skated with Texier and Cam Atkinson during the Blue Jackets morning skate Tuesday.

Blue Jackets welcome Patrik Laine to the team

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