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The Other Star In Edmonton

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers winger Leon Draisaitl has 64 goals in his last 100 games, which puts him in the same stratosphere as Alex Ovechkin, who has the same 64 in 98 for the Washington Capitals.

Ovie has affection from fans in every rink in the NHL. Draisaitl can feel the love here, obviously, with all the fans wearing his 29 jersey. But his feats have been slow to catch on elsewhere, which seems crazy to Oilers teammate Alex Chiasson who played with Ovechkin when the Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018.

“In my opinion the three most underrated players in the league are Leon, (Sasha) Barkov in Florida and I thought (Ryan) O’Reilly the other day when St. Louis was here was just deadly, such a smart player,” said Chiasson, who always has a good grasp of the league and his own team.

“Those others are great players but Leon has more upside. When he decides to play … he’s big, physical, there’s his skating. His skill takes over and he sees the play two or three moves before.

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Video- A Sit Down With Leon Draisaitl

via Sportsnet,

Leon Draisaitl sits down with David Amber to talk about being one of the best goal scorers in the league and what he wants to improve on.

 

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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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Afternoon Line- Leon Draisaitl

"You obviously want guys to pan out and want guys to help you on your team, but again, it seems like he doesn't want to be on our team as of right now. Maybe that changes. But again, we have people that are paid a lot of money to make those decisions."

Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers on Jesse Puljujarvi.  TSN has more including video.

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The Future Is Now The Present In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Draisaitl, in his round of phone interviews that began at noon with rights holder 630 CHED, was adamant about his long-term desire to be an Oiler. The only question to most was whether Draisaitl might have to do a bridge deal if general manager Peter Charelli was going to balk at a number more than the $7 million or so suggested by contracts of comparable players.

“For me there was never even a thought to go anywhere else or to think about going anywhere else,” Draisaitl made it clear.

“You look at options, but for me personally, I just want to be with this group as long as possible. We have such a good group and I really do believe we have something special coming up in Edmonton,” added the NHL’s eighth top scorer with 77 points during the regular season and Oilers top producer in the playoffs with 17.

The ecstasy is that the modern day dynamic duo equivalent of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are both signed far enough into the future to take them through their prime time years of most careers.

McDavid’s eight-year extension, keeps him here for the next nine years. The captain has one year remaining on his entry-level deal. Draisaitl’s new deal kicks in this season. And there’s something to be said with both deals not ending at the same time.

Bottom line?

The future is now!

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An Eight-Year Extension For Leon Draisaitl In Edmonton

via an email from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million. 

The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29G, 48A), also finishing with a +7 plus-minus rating and 20 penalty minutes in 82 games.  He finished second in team scoring behind only Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers.  He also set a new record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the record of 59 points, set by Marco Sturm in 2006. 

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Leon Draisaitl Should Stay Put In Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The most telling pressure points for me, when it comes to Leon Draisaitl’s protracted contract negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers, is this:

Why on earth would the player ever want to play elsewhere? And why would the team ever allow him to do so?

On what other team would Draisaitl be able to, A) play nightly with the pending “Best Player in the NHL?” Or B) Get second-line centre minutes with a first-line centre that commands as much attention from opposing lineups as Connor McDavid does?

We’re not saying Edmonton is the only team in the National Hockey League that gives us the feeling that a Stanley Cup championship is imminent. There are a few teams like that (Toronto, Dallas, Calgary) and a few other mainstays (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington, Anaheim) that could win it any year as well.

But find me a landing spot for Draisaitl that has a better chance than Edmonton of putting a ring on his finger.

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Don’t Overpay Leon Draisaitl

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, talking to Jason Gregor of TSN1260 about Leon Draisaitl’s contract negotiations: “It doesn’t surprise me that Draisaitl’s camp is going to play some hardball here. How hard a ball, I’m not sure. I suggested the ask was going to be north of $9 million. (TSN’s Darren) Dreger speculated it could potentially be  double digits ,up round $10 million. A $10 million or $9.5 million ask for Leon Draisaitl on an eight year extension is big, big, big money. And in my opinion it’s a bit of a reach by his camp. But that’s what you do when you play hard ball. You play hard ball.”

1. Leon Draisaitl is a strong player, valuable to the Edmonton Oilers and he should be well-paid. But he must not be over-paid. I don’t see Draisaitl’s ask for $9 or $10 million per as bit of a reach. I see it as a massive reach. Draisaitl is (reportedly) asking for an unprecedented amount of money for an NHL player at his level on a second contract.

2. For the Oilers to compete, every player on the team can be well paid, but no one can be massively overpaid.

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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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Hearing Today For Leon Draisaitl

 

If you missed the incident, watch it here.

added 6:35pm,

NEW YORK (April 19, 2017) – Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has been fined $2,569.44, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing San Jose Sharks forward Chris Tierney during Game 4 of the teams’ First Round series in San Jose on Tuesday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:44 of the second period. Draisaitl was assessed a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Video- Leon Draisaitl Spear On Chris Tierney

via Daniel Mano of the Mercury News,

Draisaitl shoved his stick between the legs of Sharks center Chris Tierney in a cringe-inducing spearing that led to Draisatl’s five-minute major penalty and ejection.

“Just feel a stick groin in my groin, so obviously it doesn’t feel well at the time,” Tierney said after the Sharks’ 7-0 win. “Just kind of dropped and went to shake it off. Takes a couple minutes to recover from something like that. But felt OK the rest of the game.”

 

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Friedman: Why not PK for Hall instead?

Leading off a 1 AM-posted edition of "30 Thoughts" (I guess it's been that kind of day for Elliotte Friedman, too):

On a crazy day where Steven Stamkos signing in Tampa Bay could arguably be the third-biggest hockey story, the most unanswered question has to be: “Why couldn’t Montreal and Edmonton work out a Taylor Hall-P.K. Subban deal?”

The Oilers sure could’ve used Subban. We knew they were talking last week. Montreal initially asked for Leon Draisaitl, the No. 4 pick at Friday’s draft and more. That “more” included either Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse, plus something else. I can’t nail down what that “something else” was, but it was not insignificant. It was a big price to pay, and Edmonton did not want to do that.

According to several sources, there was another possibility — without Draisaitl. Was Hall there? I can’t say for sure. But I do think he’s got fans in the Montreal organization. So, why didn’t it happen?

Here’s a quote from a GM on a different team: “How much are you paying Connor McDavid in two years? If you’re budgeting for $10M-11M, that’s $19M-$20M for him and Subban. Can you do it under this tighter cap?”

I would suspect that’s the reason.

With McDavid’s next contract potentially massive, Peter Chiarelli looked elsewhere. The Hall-for-Adam Larsson deal saves Edmonton more than $1.8M in cap room. No doubt that’s why it was a one-for-one trade. New Jersey GM Ray Shero could say, “I’m adding salary, I’m not giving up anything else.” He took a hard line.

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Friedman’s ‘Healines’ include Gretzky-Oilers news, ASG format and more

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman delivered his "headlines" sans partner-in-scoops Damien Cox on Saturday evening, and it certainly wasn't the same without Cox's astute jabs, but Friedman delivered a jam-packed set of news and notes, starting with Leon Draisaitl's return to Major Junior hockey

Continuing with this regarding Wayne Gretzky's possible involvement with the Oilers going forward, as noted by Sportsnet's Rory Boylen...

“There was a rumour he would go back and be offered ‘would you like to work in hockey ops, would you like to work in business ops,’” Friedman said. “I reached out to him by email, his response was that is not true.”

But it wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say Gretzky won’t be a part of the Oilers.

Added Friedman: “And then (Gretzky) had a great line, he said ‘But we have talked a lot about putting a Gretzky’s inside the new arena.’ I think the one thing we can report is you can expect to see the restaurant there.”

And Friedman addressed Martin Brodeur's future with the Blues (to some extent), he discussed Claude Giroux and Mikael Backlund's injuries, the All-Star Game's format as "very similar" to the player draft (cars included), and he also nixed talk of a Jhonas Enroth to Minnesota deal.

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Simmons on Voynov, the Oilers, Draisaitl, etc.

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons discusses the fates of Eric Staal and Tyler Myers in his weekly notebook, but he also makes a point regarding the Slava Voynov case that...Let's say the New York Post's Larry Brooks examines in greater detail...

Will be an interesting conversation around Lou Marsh time ... If Slava Voynov remains suspended until his Dec. 1 court date, he will have sat out 18 games, making his one of the longest suspensions in NHL history. What makes this so complicated is that he has yet to be formally charged with anything, his salary is counting against the Los Angeles salary cap and in the backdrop of the Ray Rice situation, the NHL is caught in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t circumstance.

Amongst Simmons' notes:

Now that they’ve won three home games in a row, the heat is off Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins. For now. But had the wins not come in the homestand, the Oilers were preparing to make a coaching change. The man they were already sniffing around: Mark Messier

(have we ever heard that rumor before? Naaaaaaah)

This is why I remain skeptical of the Maple Leafs' ability to work as a functional sports team...

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Videos- Two High-Profile NHL Rookies With Their First NHL Goal Friday Night

Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored last night.

 

 

Below, Droun's first NHL goal...

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