NHL Draft 2014: Edmonton Oilers select Leon Draisaitl with No. 3 overall pick

Simon Hofmann

The Edmonton Oilers has selected forward prospect Leon Draisaitl with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Edmonton Oilers has selected forward prospect Leon Draisaitl with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Draisaitl, 18, is a left-handed shooting center who has spent time at left wing. The German born forward was selected with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 Canadian Hockey League import draft by the Prince Albert Raiders. Draisaitl registered a highly decorated career with the Jungalder Mannheim U18 team of the Deutsche Nachwuchs Liga prior to continuing his career in North America. Some of the accolades he collected included the DNL Player of the Year and the DNL championship in 2011-12.

Draisaitl has registered 163 points in 128 games in the Western Hockey League, a total that was bolstered by a 105 point performance this past season. Draisaitl was ranked as the No. 2 overall North American skater by the ISS during the mid-term evaluation, but dropped down to No. 5 in the final ranking report.

He is viewed as a playmaking center, which is likely due to his 104 assists over the last two seasons, via the ISS:

Draisaitl could be one of the biggest wildcards of the entire draft. There is no doubting his talent. He has good size, great puck skills, strong understanding of possession and puck management and could be considered an elite playmaker with the puck on his stick. He can at times remind of the likes of Getzlaf, Jagr, Thornton and Malkin but he can also fall off the radar very quickly. When he is on, he can be nearly unstoppable and can absolutely decimate opposing defensive structures and goaltender's confidence.

He could be a steal wherever he is selected but will need to add some further maturity and consistent scoring punch if he is ever to meet the potential he has shown in flashes up to now.

Draisaitl has represented Germany on multiple occasions, including at the U20 World Junior Championship where he was a point-per game player (two goals and four assists). His father, Peter Draisaitl, played in over 800 career professional hockey games including appearances for Germany in the World Championship and the Olympics. He is currently coaching HC Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga.

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