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The Power Play Stays Hot For The Edmonton Oilers

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Connor McDavid is the best player in the world. And he’s not even leading his own team in scoring.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn’t sure if he’s streaking or slumping — he hasn’t scored a goal yet, but he’s leading the entire National Hockey League with 13 assists.

The power play has been the NHL’s best for two years running and is killing it again this season at 46.4 per cent through nine games. That unit matched a franchise record by scoring a power-play goal in its ninth-straight game to start the season Wednesday, something this organization has seen twice before, in '79-'80 and '86-'87.

You do know who was staffing that power play back in 1986, right? Gretzky, Kurri, Messier, Anderson, Coffey…..

Hall of Famers, all.

Meanwhile, we all quietly thought that Leon Draisaitl’s Hart Trophy interlude two seasons ago was just an interruption of the McDavid hardware train. “C’mon,” you said. “How is that ever going to happen again?”

Well, Draisaitl may just be the second-best player in the game today, as lethal from his spot on the Oilers' power play as Alex Ovechkin is from his in Washington.

And unselfish?

Draisaitl had two goals late in the game against Nashville when he broke in on a two-on-one with Jesse Puljujarvi. An open net awaiting, Draisaitl passed away the hat trick puck, settling for the final assist in a tidy 5-2 win over Nashville.


Watch the game highlights below.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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