Leon Draisaitl
Leon Draisaitl
23-Year-Old CenterC
Edmonton Oilers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Draisaitl is arguably the most underrated player in Oil Country. Last season, the German winger proved that he doesn't need to rely on Connor McDavid as a linemate to produce. Draisaitl closed out the 2017-18 season surpassing the 70-point mark (25 goals, 45 assists) for the second year in a row. Still, one area Draisaitl and the rest of the team could improve upon is power-play production. After garnering 11 points on the man advantage at 2:50 per game, Draisaitl could see a significant boost in value if the Oilers can significantly overhaul their league-worst man-advantage unit in 2018-19. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension with the Oilers in August 2017.
Joins 50-goal club
CEdmonton Oilers
April 6, 2019
Draisaitl buried his 50th goal of the season on three shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
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Draisaitl's landmark tally was the opening goal in the game. He and Alex Ovechkin are the only two players to hit 50 scores this year. Draisaitl ends the year with 105 points after playing in all 82 games, doubling his goal output from 25 last season.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:35
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:21
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:09
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
18:53
2:55
0:25
2017–18
19:19
2:50
1:01
2018–19
22:35
3:21
1:09
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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He may be overshadowed by superstar teammate Connor McDavid, but Draisaitl has developed into a stud in his own right, as evidenced by last season's 29-goal, 77-point explosion. Still only 21 years old, the German pivot anchors a second high-level scoring line that's helped make the Oilers a tough team to beat all of a sudden. After doing all that for just over $800,000 last season, he’s in line for a major raise as an unrestricted free agent, but Draisaitl -- rumored to be seeking $9 million a year -- hasn't yet inked a new deal with Edmonton, leaving his status a bit uncertain heading into the 2017-18 season. That said, Oilers management has sounded confident about retaining his services, and even if he does change home rinks unexpectedly, Draisaitl would return high-end fantasy value on any team. Draft him early and with confidence.
Draisaitl logged considerable time on the first line last season, holding his own nicely with 51 points and a minus-2 rating in 72 games after logging a dreadful minus-17 mark in 37 appearances as a rookie. The 20-year-old’s career is very much on an upward trajectory at this stage, but the logjam of talented centers in Edmonton means he’ll have to beat out either 2015 first overall pick Connor McDavid or 2011 first overall selection Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to slot into a fruitful role on the top two lines. Expect another productive campaign from Draisaitl should he do so, as improvements in his own game should cancel out any negative effects that winger Taylor Hall’s departure might have on his scoring.
Draisaitl spent 37 games with the Oilers last season, and it’d be an understatement to say it was a struggle. He scored two goals and added seven assists, and was overmatched at every turn. But thankfully, the experience didn’t ruin him. After he returned to the WHL when the calendar flipped to January, he promptly racked up 19 goals and 34 assists in 32 games and added 10 goals and 18 assists in just 19 postseason contests. Perhaps most importantly, Draisaitl worked hard to improve his skating, and that has put him in good stead to fight for a role with the Oilers in 2015-16. He’ll need to move to the wing to do it, and honestly, the Oilers could use a guy with his size and strength along the wall. Should he fail in his quest to earn a roster spot, the organization could dispatch him to AHL Bakersfield and give him top-line minutes down there. His destination won’t be settled until the end of training camp, so don’t invest too much.
Draisaitl is a complete wild card. He’s earned the nickname "The German Gretzky" for good reason -- his playmaking skills look other-worldly at times. But at other times, he’s almost completely invisible -- in an Alex Kovalev-invisible kind of way. And you can read it all over him when he’s off his game -- his body language slumps worse than a five-year-old whose had his chocolate cake taken away. Still, his vision and ability to think the game give us hope that good coaching can bring out some consistency in his game. And if that happens, Draisaitl will be a star at either center or left wing. He needs to build up his lower-body strength, but could crack the lineup in Edmonton given the right circumstances. We’d like to see him grow his game back in the Dub, though -- there’s too much risk to his development if he cracks the NHL too soon. Could you live with Anze Kopitar Lite on your squad? Roll the dice in dynasty formats.
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Strong effort in loss
CEdmonton Oilers
April 4, 2019
Draisaitl scored two goals, one while shorthanded, on seven shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Sharks.
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Posts assist
CEdmonton Oilers
April 1, 2019
Draisaitl gathered an assist and two shots in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Closes ground in Rocket chase
CEdmonton Oilers
March 28, 2019
Draisaitl picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars.
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Registers four points, hat trick
CEdmonton Oilers
March 26, 2019
Draisaitl recorded a hat trick and an assist in an 8-4 victory against the Kings on Tuesday.
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Etching name among league's elite
CEdmonton Oilers
March 23, 2019
Draisaitl picked up his 52nd assist of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa on Saturday.
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