Played 7 games for Montreal Juniors (QMJHL) in 1976-77 with totals of 1 goal, 1 assist and 0 penalty minutes. Worked as a professional weight lifter and body builder from 1977 to 1983. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, March 15, 1984. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for cash, September 30, 1985.
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