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Calgary Flames select Leon Draisaitl with fourth overall selection

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Calgary Flames announced today that with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they have selected forward Leon Draisaitl from the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.

Draisaitl, in his second season with Prince Albert, was tied for fourth in the WHL with 105 points (38G, 67A) and a plus-seven rating in 64 games. His 67 assists ranked third. He led his team in goals, assists and points. Draisaitl added one goal and two assists in four playoff games.

The 6-foot-4, 217-pound centre ranked No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2014 Draft and was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team.

In 2012-13, Draisaitl was the second-leading scorer for the Raiders in his first season in North America and played for Germany in the 2013 U20 and U18 World Hockey Championship tournaments. He collected 58 points (21G, 37A) in 64 games. Draisaitl was a team-leading plus-22 and had 22 penalty minutes. He would register 4 assists and was minus-four in four playoff matches.

The Cologne, Germany native picked up two goals and six points in the 2013 U20 WJC and was minus-nine with two penalty minutes. He scored one goal and seven points and was plus-two with Germany's U18 team in 2013.

Draisaitl was named the DNL's Player of the Year and was the second-leading scorer in Germany's top junior league. He represented Germany in two international tournaments – the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship and the U17 World Hockey Challenge. Draisaitl scored 21 goals with 35 assists and was a plus-29 with 39 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games for Jungadler and had six goals with six assists in eight playoff games as the club captured the junior championship. In six games at the U18 WJC, he scored two goals with five assists and accrued two penalty minutes. Draisaitl scored one goal with four assists in five games at the WHC. He was the second player taken in the 2012 CHL Import Draft when he was selected in the first round by the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders.

Draisaitl is the son of long-time German national team centre, Peter Draisaitl.

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