When the Edmonton Oilers selected forward Leon Draisaitl in the 2014 NHL Draft, expectations were high that over time, he would develop into an impact player for years to come. As time went by and the more experience Draisaitl earned, fans, coaches, and even his own teammates knew he would end up being a special kind of player.
Fast forward to now and wow, has Draisaitl developed nicely or what? Not only did he work his way up to being an alternate captain on the Oilers but is truly becoming a force to reckon with. At a time when the Oilers needed to turn up the heat to start scoring a bit more aggressively at the start of games this season, Draisaitl stepped up and deliver.
Last night, in their biggest win so far this season over the Ottawa Senators, Draisaitl had six assists which added six points to his stats sheet. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s something you tend to only really see happen in a video game.
Leon Draisaitl has only just begun on the Edmonton Oilers
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As per Senior Writer Thomas Drance of The Athletic, he confirmed that if you combine last season with what Draisaitl has done so far this season, he’s off to make NHL history at the rate he’s going. In his last 82 NHL games played, he’s scored 131 points, which already broke a 25-year-old NHL scoring record.
In the grand scheme of things, to see Draisaitl blossom at this point of his career on the Oilers is a great sight to see. The Oilers are currently 5-6-0 so far this season and in the middle of the pack in the North Division.
If Draisaitl can continue doing what he’s doing with now consistently to start off the new month of February on a high note, it won’t be long until the Oilers get back towards the top of the North Division. Of course, it won’t be easy but watching Draisaitl play undoubtedly brings a ton of excitement to fans as one can only imagine how that can also help boost the player’s around him to also do their part as a team.
Now, the shift should focus to start getting some nice winning streaks going to really start pushing the envelope. The Oilers have finally gotten their first back-to-back wins this season as positivity is in the air and it’s now onto preparing for their second game against the Senators at home on Tuesday night.
Hopefully, Draisaitl continues to do what he does best because if last night was any indication, he’s only just begun. It’s time for him to rally the troops and lead this team back into contention one game at a time. If anyone can lead the cause, it’s Draisaitl leading by example.