Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), July 23, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Washington with Brian Pothier and Washington's 2nd round choice (later traded to NY Rangers, later traded to Calgary Calgary selected Tyler Wotherspoon) in 2011 Entry Draft for Joe Corvo, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Nizhnekamsk (KHL), May 25, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Magnitogorsk (KHL), December 10, 2013.
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