Leon Draisaitl is a professional in the NHL. He plays the forward position for the Edmonton Oilers and plays on the starring line together with Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon. Draisaitl grew up playing the sport in his home country of Germany, but then moved to North America when he was selected as the second overall pick at the 2012 CHL Import Draft. After playing with the Prince Albert Raiders for a total of two seasons, Draisaitl was the third overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers during the NHL Entry Draft of 2014.
Draisatl’s father is the famous Peter Draisatl. Peter was a German national team player during his prime. He represented Germany for a total of more than a hundred games. These games would include the following namely, the World Championships, World Cup, and the 1988, 1992, and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Draisatl clearly takes after his father’s talent. Prior to moving out of Germany, Draisaitl played in the German Development League for the 2011-2012 season with a team called the Jungadler Mannheim U18. They won the DNL Championship with him on the team. His performance was recognized and was named as the DNL Player of the Year.
After playing for the Prince Albert Raiders for two seasons, Draisaitl was later traded to the Kelowna Rockets, a move that helped gain the Rockets the 2015 WHL Championship. Draisaitl was also named the playoff MVP during the 2015 WHL Championship. On the same year, Draisaitl also won the Stafford Smythe Trophy having been voted the Memorial Cup MVP.
It wasn’t until 2014 when Draisaitl was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers during the NHL Entry Draft for the year. This made him the highest drafted player from Germany in the history of the NHL. Draisaitl would continue to impress his fans with his performance in the Edmonton Oilers. He became the first Oiler player in March 2017 to have 6 straight multi point games. He also holds the record for most points in a season by a German hockey player. Lastly, he is the second youngest Oiler in the history of the franchise to score a hat trick in the playoffs.