Anyone who has watched the Edmonton Oilers play a hockey game could tell you Leon Draisaitl is a Hockey God in the making. This guy is on his 8th season in the NHL, he’s got 525 points in 487 NHL games. He plays alongside the Next Great One almost every night. Even after all this time and all the things we’ve seen him do, it still never gets old watching him kick ass.
Monday night, the NHL’s new Seattle Kraken rolled into Edmonton with their 3-5-1 record. They’re still getting things going, finding their way but oh boy did they walk into the wrong barn. That night, Leon Draisaitl released Hell upon these poor bastards. The kid put up 4 points (2G 2A) in just about 20 minutes of ice time. Goal 1 was deflected in off his skate but Goal 2 was nice.
However, he had a killer assist on Duncan Keith’s goal a bit later that I think takes the cake.
Oilers win that game 5-2, Leon gets first star with his 4 points, and they move onto tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. The Preds were 5-4-0 rolling into tonight’s game and, obviously, the Oilers wanna keep the good times rolling. And they did just that.
In another 5-2 win, Draisaitl lit up the score sheet once more. He scored the Oilers’ first goal on a rocket that was just remarkable:
Then it takes till 3:41 into the 3rd and a 2-1 score for Draisaitl to get his second of the night on this shot right in front of the net.
Like I said Oilers win 5-2 and Draisaitl has put up 7 points (4G 3A) in 2 games, 20 points in his first 9 games of the season. This guy is just ridiculous. By having a 3 point night, Draits also slips past his good buddy Connor McDavid for first in points in the league AND he ties Alex Ovechkin for first in goals (both have 9). Draisaitl was once again First Star of the Game for obvious reasons.
This guy is insane. We all think it, we all know it, but sometimes you watch him play and just go “how the hell are we the same species?” The things he can do with the puck in a split second are incredible. This Oilers roster has been great and fun to watch, which isn’t shocking when you have Draisaitl and McDavid. However, in the past, there have been times where it’s like “yeah they’re great but the rest of the team sucks” and that ruins the magic of it but this team is good.
The Oilers are 8-1-0 on the season. They’ve got 38 goals for and 23 goals against in their first 9. That’s good especially with some of the issues they deal with in goaltending. McDavid and Draisaitl have been fun as ever but I think Draisaitl even more so recently. Moving forward, the Oilers will face the 6-2-2 Rangers Friday night. I expect Draisaitl to rally again and get another 3, despite the Rangers being moderately okay at the moment.
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