It’s been a significant week for Leon Draisaitl who settled in at the WHL level in February and proceeded to beat the opposition senseless. We also heard from his NHL GM about areas of improvement and an innovative observer gave us some insight into the current state of Leon.
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- Cordell: Draisaitl was an absolute freak. He wasn’t rewarded for his efforts until late – he had a PPG and an assist in the final eight minutes – but he dominated this game from start to finish. OZ start? Here comes a few shot attempts. NZ or DZ start? No problem, Draisaitl just carried the puck up ice, into the OZ and went to town. What a player.
- MacT: “Leon has got learn to be more impactful without the puck. He was OK this year. But he’s got to learn how to check, and when he does that, then he’ll be playing here because all other elements of his game are good enough. He can pass, he can run a power play, he’s got unbelievable vision and strength. But there are a few boxes we have to check off before he’s (ready).” Source
None of this is a surprise but it’s good to hear the GM thinking along these lines. Draisaitl will get his chance in TC, along with Derek Roy and Bogdan Yakimov and Dylan Strome. My guess is Strome heads back to junior, the giants are off to Bakersfield and Derek Roy plays on a line with Yakupov. We might see Leon on the wing after Christmas and that’s completely fine.