BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 17: Maxim Afinogenov #61 of the Atlanta Thrashers captures the attention of Buffalo fans in warmups as he returns to play his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, on October 17, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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