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Get to know a draft pick — Leon Draisaitl

Jun 25, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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Leading up to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Sunday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Leon Draisaitl (C)

Height: 6’1.5”  Weight: 204 Shoots: Left

Team: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

Country: Germany

NHL Central Scouting Ranking: No. 4 North American skater

What kind of player is he?

Draisaitl is the “new hotness” amongst the top prospects. Yes, he’s listed No. 4 by Central Scouting so people were already high on him, but his size and skill have some thinking he could unseat fellow centers Sam Reinhart or Sam Bennett in the Top 3.

He had 105 points this season with Price Albert, the same number Reinhart had with Kootenay, tying them for ninth-best in the CHL. He was a powerful playmaker with 67 assists and in highlight reels from the past season he looks like a man amongst boys not only with his skill but his size.

He has great vision and reach to make passes others cannot and has a very quick wrist shot. Check out this highlight reel for proof.

Quotable: TSN’s Craig Button is one of the smartest guys around when it comes to scouting prospects and his thoughts on Draisaitl are interesting as he shared with the Edmonton Journal:

“Leon is a big center who is smart, can make plays and can impact the game in multiple ways. He’s the type of center who is coveted by many NHL clubs because of his combination of size and skill.”

Mark Seidel is the Chief Scout for NACScouting and here’s what his thoughts are on the big German:

“Went through stages where he was the best player in the draft (November & early December) and stages where you wondered about his future (WJC’s). He learned to use his body more and more and has very soft hands for big kid that makes great passes into tight areas. He got much better defensively, has a heavy shot, and excellent anticipation abilities. He doesn’t have a long torso or limbs but very thick and strong. It’s hard to get the puck away from him.”

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Oilers select Draisaitl with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft

  1. islander75 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    terrific young player, simple as that. don’t remember a german-born ever to be picked in the first round before leon came along. and this guy is about to be selected among the top 5!! outstanding stuff!

    too sad almost no one in germany besides hockeymaniacs did even noticed that. they are so mad for the boring soccer game

    would like to see him landing on the island

    • chuchie414 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      I think Marcel Goc was taken 5th overall by the Sharks in his draft.

  2. islander75 - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    just ckecked: he got draftet by the sharks at #20 in the 1st.

  3. djshnooks - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Sam Reinhart is the only “true” center out of this group…Bennett is a better winger.

    Draisaitl did chip in on 81% of his teams goals though…where Reinhart chipped in on like 81% and Bennett was about 74%.

    Draisaitl also had the weakest team, with less talent around him, out of the 3 of them.

    But, I’ve been on the Reinhart bandwagon for a year now…he’s gotta be Buffalo’s guy…but I’m alright with Draisaitl as well.

    There’s also a chance they get both of them, but if they trade it’s probably in the teen’s or early 20’s…and I think they take a chance on DeAngelo and/or Ho-Sang…they seem to be high on both, especially if they slip to the 2nd round.

  4. billsin20xx - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Quite a picture of him you picked, LOL!

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