Sadly, Leon Draisaitl is still playing in
Purgatory Edmonton next season. Yet after this season, there should be come good things to come to this raising star.
Draisaitl did fantastic in his 5th season in the league: he played all 82 games and finished 2nd overall in goals, just one behind Alex Ovechkin, who finished 1st. Draisaitl had 50 goals with 55 assists for 105 points. He had a +2 rating with an average of 22:35 on the ice per game. Draisaitl finished top of the league with his shooting percentage of 12.6%, seeing as he had 50 goals off of 231 shots on net.
The 23-year-old centre has been playing for the Oilers coming up on 6 seasons now and this kid has been thriving while playing alongside Connor McDavid, who had 116 points last season (41 G 75 A) in 78 games. The two linked up for a total of 52 points. Draisaitl scored 29 goals with assists from McDavid and Draisaitl assisted on 23 of McDavid’s 41 goals.
It’s good that both McDavid and Draisaitl have found solace in
Hell Edmonton but they deserve on a team that stands a chance making it to the playoffs. But when these two have a bad night, the team doesn’t exactly pull through. This season, Draisaitl had 20 games where he was pointless and the Oilers lost 17 of those 20 games. McDavid has 12 0-point games and the team lost 10 of those 12.
Maybe after pitching their GM and making some trades,
The Upside-Down Edmonton may stand a chance. Draisaitl is a fantastic player that deserves a better shot at playoff contention (so does Connor but let’s focus here). He did well in playoffs when Edmonton made it back in 2017. Draisaitl played in 13 games with 6 goals and 10 assists while averaging 19:32 on the ice, plus he lead the playoffs in shooting percentage (once again) with a 27.3% from 22 shots.
I think this season will be good to Leon. He just had 50 goals, he’s healthy, he’s young. It’s going to be good. I’m favoring my superstition as well but I know that this kid has got a fire under him that gives him the drive to excelled and he is going to do just that.
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