Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 18, 2006. Traded to Florida by Dallas with Dallas's 6th round choice (later traded to Nashville Nashville selected Simon Fernholm) in 2012 Entry Draft for Jake Hauswirth and Florida's 5th round choice (Henri Kiviaho) in 2012 Entry Draft, December 7, 2011. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 10, 2012.
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