Columbus Blue Jackets striker Patrik Laine is trying to return to the NHL’s elite players this season.

Laine's last season was a bad disappointment, as only 12 + 12 = 24 power points were scored in 46 matches.

The reading was modest for Laine, 23, compared to his previous level, as he has made a total of 150 + 121 = 271 points in his career in 351 NHL games.

However, Laine's supervisor, Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen, assures that the star player is not Lumia last winter.

In The Athletic, Kekäläinen attacked Laine's critics with harsh words.

- Some guys have said he's pretty lousy.

That's a pretty bold statement, given what he's accomplished in his NHL career so far, and there is [only] one bad season behind him, Kekäläinen said and continued:

- It doesn’t matter if some 16-year-old throws bullshit on Twitter, but some of these so-called experts now claim that Laine is miserable and bad and that’s what this is about.

I completely disagree.

I think he is so successful because he is a good player.

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According to Kekäläinen, Laine's mood now looks excellent at the beginning of the season.

He plays well with his new chain mate Jakub Voracek.

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