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Draisaitl leads returning group to German WJC camp

by Mike G. Morreale


GOALIES: Marvin Cupper, Shawinigan, QMJHL (2014 draft eligible); Patrick Klein, Duisburg, GER (2014); Kevin Reich, EHC Munchen, GER (2014)

DEFNSEMEN: John Rogl, EV Landshut, GER (2014); Tim Bender, London Knights, QHL (2014); Jonas Muller, Eisbaren Berlin, GER (2014); Thomas Botzenhardt, EVR Tower Stars, GER (2014); Dominik Tiffels, Minnesota, NAHL (2014); Dorian Saeftel, Mannheim, GER (2014); Jonas Noske, Dusseldorf Jr., GER (2014); Fabio Wagner, EV Landshut, GER (2014); Janik Moser, Muskegon, USHL (2014); Eric Stephan, DEG Eishockey, GER (2014)

FORWARDS: Parker Tuomie, Wenatchee, NAHL (2014); Lukas Laub, Odessa, NAHL (2014); Jari Neugebauer, DEG Eishockey, GER (2014); Markus Eisenschmid, Medicine Hat, WHL (2014); Kai Herpich, EHC Munchen, GER (2014); Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert, WHL (2014); Frederik Tiffels, Fargo, USHL (2014); Sven Ziegler, Eisbaren Berlin, GER (2014); Dominik Kahun, Sudbury, OHL (2014); Lennart Palausch, Aberdeen, NAHL (2014); Patrick Klopper, KEV Pinguine, GER (2014); Maximillian Kammerer, Regina, WHL (2015); Kevin Orendorz, Krefeld, GER (2014); Vladislav Filin, Eisbaren Berlin, GER (2014); Marco Sedlar, Charlottetown, QMJHL (2014)

Center Leon Draisaitl, considered an A-rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft, is one of four returning players invited to the German National Junior Team selection camp that will be evaluated for participation in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, later this month.

In addition to Draisaitl, German coach Ernst Hofner will also have goalie Marvin Cupper of the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and forwards Frederik Tiffels of the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League and Dominik Kahun of the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League.

Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders is one of five forwards from the Western Hockey League tagged with an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list. He had two goals and a team-leading six points in six games at the 2013 WJC in Ufa, Russia.

The Raiders selected the native of Germany No. 2 at the 2012 import draft. He had other options in Sweden and Finland, but ultimately decided that the Canadian Hockey League would provide greater opportunities.

In 31 games, the 6-foot-1.75, 208-pound center leads his team with 17 goals, 30 assists and 47 points. He had 21 goals and 58 points as a rookie for the Raiders in 2012-13.

"He plays a big power-forward style of game," Central Scouting's B.J. MacDonald said. "He goes to the net and the opposition has a hard time stopping him from getting there. He's a big presence in front of the goal, and skates well with deceptive speed. He can shoot the puck and overpower goalies with it. I like his style and attitude; he has a lot of upside."

The 2014 WJC runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014. Germany opens the tournament Dec. 26 against Canada. The country will compete in Group A with Canada, the United States, Czech Republic and Slovakia.


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