Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles, March 16, 2007. Traded to Carolina by Los Angeles for Anthony Stewart, Carolina's 4th round choice (later traded to Edmonton Edmonton selected Jackson Houck) in 2013 Entry Draft and Carolina's 6th round choice (Jake Marchment) in 2014 Entry Draft, January 13, 2013. Traded to Calgary by Carolina for Greg Nemisz, December 30. 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