DETROIT - OCTOBER 3: Fellow Russians Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings and Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins share a laugh in warm-ups during a NHL pre-season game at Joe Louis Arena on October 3, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/ NHLI via Getty Images)
I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.
— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season