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Oilers go for size up the middle, select Draisaitl third overall

Jun 27, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers have chosen to upgrade size at the center position, selecting Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday.

Draisaitl stands 6’1″ and weighs in at 208 pounds, had a standout season for the Prince Albert Raiders, scoring 38 goals and putting up 105 points in his second season in the Western Hockey League. He also has international experience with the German national junior team.

Prior to the draft, he received a high compliment from B.J. MacDonald of the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, getting compared to Jaromir Jagr.

“He’s the best prospect I’ve seen from this draft class at protecting and handling the puck; he’s very Jaromir Jagr-esque,” said MacDonald, as per NHL.com.

“He protects the puck, makes those button hooks and hits guys coming in late. He’ll hold onto that puck until he sees the right play to make. He has a great wrist shot and good snap shot, and can surprise a lot of goalies with it.”

  1. 19to77 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Great playmaking instinct, highly intelligent player, and unlike RNH, he’s big and strong enough to handle the physicality of NHL play. RNH just hasn’t shown that he’s getting any more durable or able to play a full season.

  2. lowenni - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Very talented kid. Big. Will either end up being dominant or Mikhaik Grigorenko–some questions about his work ethic and speed.

  3. ray2013 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Good luck to the kid and I hope he goes back to juniors. It has not served the oilers at all to being in first rounders straight into the NHL.

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