Leon Draisaitl
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Leon Draisaitl


Cologne Germany

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1st round (3rd overall), 2014


209 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2010-11: Leon Draisaitl, the son of long-time German national team center Peter Draisaitl, appeared in six games for Jungadler Mannheim’s junior team as a 15-year-old and was a dominant scorer in Germany’s U16 league. He had 1 assist in U18 play. In 29 games with the Mannheim U16 team he scored 97 goals with 95 assists as the club captured the German championship.

2011-12: Draisaitl was named the DNL’s player of the year and was the second-leading scorer in Germany’s top junior league. He represented Germany in two international tournaments – the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship and the U17 World Hockey Challenge. Draisaitl scored 21 goals with 35 assists and was +29 with 39 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games for Jungadler and had 6 goals with 6 assists in eight playoff games as the club captured the junior championship. In six games at the U18 WJC he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes. Draisaitl scored 1 goal with 4 assists in five games at the WHC. He was the second player taken in the 2012 CHL Import Draft when he was selected in the first round by the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders.

2012-13: Draisaitl was the second-leading scorer for Prince Albert in his first season in North America and played for Germany in the 2013 U20 and U18 World Hockey Championship tournaments. He scored 21 goals with 37 assists for 58 points in 64 games; trailing only Mark McNeill, a first round pick by Chicago in 2011 among the Raiders scorers. Draisaitl was a team-leading +22 and had 22 penalty minutes. Prince Albert made the playoffs after finishing second in the East Division. Draisaitl had 4 assists and was -4 in the four-game series with Red Deer. In six games with Germany’s U20 team he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -9 with 2 penalty minutes. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was +2 with 4 assists for Germany’s U18 team.

2013-14: Draisaitl returned to Prince Albert for his second WHL season and played for Germany in the 2014 IIHF World Championship and World Juniors tournaments. Tied with Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart for fourth in the league with 105 points, he scored 38 goals with 67 assists and was +7 with 24 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games. The Raiders finished fourth in the East Division and were swept by eventual Memorial Cup champion Edmonton in a first-round playoff series. Draisaitl scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -3 in seven games at the World Championship as Germany finished 14th in the 16-team tournament. Draisaitl scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -1 with 52 penalty minutes in six games at the WJC. He was ranked fourth amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Edmonton in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Draisaitl is a versatile forward with great offensive instincts to go along with NHL-ready size. He is reliable on specialty teams and plays a mature, composed, even-keeled game while using his size to advantage.


Draisaitl made the Oilers out of training camp to start the 2014-15 season and made his NHL debut as an 18-year-old in a game against Calgary on October 9th. He played in 37 games for Edmonton before being returned to the WHL in January 2015. After struggling at the NHL level he has been one of the top scorers for the Kelowna Rockets. While he was overwhelmed in his first shot with Edmonton, his size, technical skills and offensive instincts suggest he can be an elite talent as he adds strength and adapts to the faster, more physical pace of the NHL game.

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