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Oilers ink Draisaitl to entry-level deal

Aug 12, 2014, 1:18 PM EST

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The Edmonton Oilers will have options at center this season after coming to terms with 2014 third overall pick Leon Draisaitl.

Draisaitl, who says his goal is to play in the NHL in 2014-15, moved one step closer Tuesday inking a three-year entry-level contract according to a team release.

The 6-foot-1, 209-pound native of Cologne, Germany scored 38 goals and 57 assists in 64 regular season games with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League in 2013-14. He added a goal and two helpers in four playoff games.

At the 2014 World Hockey Championship, Draisaitl had a goal and three assists in seven games.

Related: Get to know a draft pick – Leon Draisitl

  1. jernster21 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Another top 3 pick ruined.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    solid power forward center.. playing style kind of like David Backes

  3. lowenni - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    ^hes not like David Backes at all @pjblake…Backes hits hard and plays hard and is a two way captain. Just cause Draisatl is big too doesn’t mean they’re the same. It’s too early to really tell but his skills and size are more like Kopitar. He’s not a David Backes.

  4. leepetertk - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I hope Edmonton doesn’t rush him out of necessity to play the 2C position. If he is not ready for the NHL then he should return to the WHL.

    • ray2013 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      Your comment is extremely reasonable. So watch the Oilers do the opposite.

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