Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Two
WASHINGTON - MAY 04: Alex Ovechkin #8 and Simeon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals makes there way through the fans for the pregame warm ups before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 4, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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