Leon Draisaitl
Leon Draisaitl
Leon Draisaitl
Leon Draisaitl
22-Year-Old C
2017–18 NHL Stats
2017–18 NHL Projections
G
25
A
45
PP Pts
11
+/-
-7
PIM
30
G
A
PP Pts
+/-
PIM
2017–18 Fantasy Outlook
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... read more
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.
SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6'2"   WT: 215 lbs.   DOB: 10/27/1995   Drafted: 1st Rd, #3 Overall in 2014Show Contract
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Leon Draisaitl Contract Info:
Signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension with the Oilers in August 2017.
Another successful campaign
CEdmonton Oilers
April 18, 2018
Draisaitl finished the 2017-18 season with 25 goals and 45 assists in 78 games.
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Leon Draisaitl 2017–18 NHL Game Log
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Leon Draisaitl 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#2 Center
EDM Center Depth Chart
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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  1. Leon Draisaitl 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Leon Draisaitl 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. Leon Draisaitl 2015–16 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  4. Leon Draisaitl 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    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.
Leon Draisaitl News Updates
Collects 70th point
CEdmonton Oilers
April 8, 2018
Draisaitl found the back of the net in Saturday's 3-2 win over Vancouver.
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Struggling with consistency
CEdmonton Oilers
March 22, 2018
Draisaitl is determined to work on his inconsistency, the Edmonton Journal reports.
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Already eclipses 200 career points
CEdmonton Oilers
March 20, 2018
Draisaitl went plus-4 and whipped up a goal and three assists Tuesday, helping the Oilers to a 7-4 road win over the Hurricanes.
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Continues consistency
CEdmonton Oilers
March 11, 2018
Draisaitl scored a goal in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Minnesota.
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