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Is Leon Draisaitl A Better Overall Player Than Auston Matthews?

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from Craig Button, the former NHL GM and now a TSN hockey commentator, his take on Edmonton Oilers two-way ace Leon Draisaitl being a better player than Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Button was on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto with former NHLers Jamie McLennan and Jeff O’Neill.

“He’s a Top 5 player,” McLennan said of Draisaitl. “Other than him getting tired later in the game and extending his shifts and stuff — I think he extends his shifts, where he looks really tired — I think he’s as good as anybody.”

Then Button dropped the hammer: “I think the talk about Auston Matthews as being one of the best players in the league needs to stop. Because he’s not as good as Draisaitl. He’s not even close to Draisaitl right now. I know he’s a scorer but in terms of a complete player, not even in that category. He should never be in the conversation until he shows that he’s going to impact the game in the same way.”

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And Draisaitl does it without subjecting the NHL cosmos to
a creepy dirt stache

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/21/19 at 08:20 PM ET

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Matthews has been the top 5-on-5 goal scorer in the NHL for the last couple of years, he scores more points per 60 minutes of ice time than Draisaitl, and doesn’t take ~60% of his even strength shifts and 90%+ of his powerplay shifts alongside the best player on earth.

Now granted I really don’t know enough about either Matthew’s or Draisaitl’s all-around games to definitively tell you who is the better overall player right now, but I do know that calling Matthews “not even close to Draisaitl right now” is ridiculous on its face.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 10/22/19 at 06:57 AM ET

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