Leon Draisaitl Wants To Start This Season
Leon Draisaitl is the latest in whats become a long line of Edmonton Oilers top-five draft picks. What makes the 2014 third overall selection a bit different doesnt just come from his size but his maturity.
During the Oilers development camp, Draisaitl talked about what it would be like to make the Oilers roster right out of training camp.
I think it is a learning process for any 18-year-old kid, Leon Draisaitl said. But at the same time, I think if a player is ready to play and step in and make an impact, then why wouldnt you let him play and give him a chance? I think theres a lot of players who arent ready and come in to training camp, theyre young, and thats usually every 18-year-old kid is not as strong as an NHL player. I think its a learning process, but if a player is ready and he wants to make an impact, then there is no way you can get around letting him play.
The Oilers havent been shy about starting draft picks in the NHL right away. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nail Yakupov all jumped from the draft stage to the NHL right away. With Draisaitls skills he very well could be joining them in Edmonton next season.
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