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This Is Leon Draisaitl

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As Draisaitl barges into second place in league playoff scoring with 6-10-16, one point behind Evgeni Malkin, the hockey world is being formally introduced to Edmonton’s second lethal weapon.

He is the Malkin to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, the Perry to Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf. Or in this Northern Alberta city, perhaps the Mark Messier to Wayne Gretzky is a better fit.

“He’s been a horse,” marveled Zack Kassian, the mutton-chopped winger who also scored. “Sometimes he doesn’t get enough credit because he plays with 97. But we all know what he’s capable of.”

In Game 5, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan moved Draisaitl off of McDavid’s wing to centre a line with Milan Lucic and Anton Slepyshev. He put Drake Caggiula up with McDavid and Pat Maroon, and his Oilers have vastly been the better team ever since.

“He stepped up big,” Lucic said of Draisaitl. “We needed someone to step up and he’s stepped up — he came up huge for us when we needed it the most.”

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He is the Malkin to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby

That’s not how the analogy works.  If Draisaitl is Malkin, then he’s Malkin to McDavid’s Crosby.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/08/17 at 09:52 AM ET

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