Traded to Tampa Bay by Los Angeles for Tampa Bay's 4th round choice (later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected Samuel Groulx) in 2008 Entry Draft, January 20, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Hartford (AHL), August 27, 2009. Loaned to Charlotte (ECHL) by Hartford (AHL), September 29, 2009.
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