Leon Draisaitl grew up in Germany before being selected second overall in the 2012 CHL Import Draft by the Prince Albert Raiders. He played 2 seasons with the Raiders before he was drafted third overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

In Draisaitl’s rookie season with the Oilers, he would appear in 37 games before being sent back to the Prince Albert Raiders. He put up 2 goals and 4 assists in that time with the Oilers. On March 23 of 2017 (This season), he became the first Oiler player since 1990 to have 6 straight multi-point games in a row. ¬†He currently holds the record for most points in a season by a German hockey player with 65 in the 2016-2017 season with the Oilers. He has primarily been playing on a line with Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon.

Here is The Hockey New’s player forecast on Draisaitl


A top offensive forward, he excels at playmaking and puck distribution (but he can also finish off plays himself). Is obsessed with getting better in his overall game and plays with passion. Is a great passer.
At times, his exuberance gets him into trouble on the ice. Therefore, he needs to become more disciplined in order to maximize his vast offensive talent. Also needs to work on his game-to-game consistency.
Talented playmaker with good upside.


What’s Next?

What’s next for Draisaitl? Well, his first experience in the NHL Playoffs for one. The Edmonton Oilers clinched a berth in the postseason for the first time in 11 years and it will be very fun to see how the young players they have built their team around are able to perform in the league’s second season. Not only will it be McDavid’s first playoff opportunity but it will be most of their team’s young players first opportunity’s as well to get a taste of that playoff intensity and action.

Highlight Video

Of course, what you really came to this article for.. the video! Such incredible skills this player is going to have a very long and very successful career if he can stay healthy.

How do you think that Draisaitl and the rest of the young Oilers core will do in the playoffs this season? Do you think they have it in them to make a deep run, or will their first taste be bittersweet and end almost as quickly as it started?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and we would love to continue the discuss further there!


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