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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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damn. 23.7% shooting this season! Imagine if he could get off as many shots as Ovi? Wayne’s goal record might see a real challenger.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/10/19 at 03:16 AM ET

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