Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 10, 1984. Claimed by Buffalo from Toronto in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987. Traded to Philadelphia by Buffalo with Buffalo's 2nd round choice (Mikael Renberg) in 1990 Entry Draft for Jay Wells and Philadelphia's 4th round choice (Peter Ambroziak) in 1991 Entry Draft, March 5, 1990. Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's 8th round choice (Dmitri Mironov) in 1991 Entry Draft for Toronto's 3rd round choice (Al Kinisky) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 16, 1990.
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