EDMONTON, AB - The Orange & Blue are known for their ability to strike like lightning. The club needed less than 2.5 seconds to score in Thursday's win over the Vancouver Canucks.
With little time remaining in the 1st period and right before of an offensive zone draw, Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett looked to Leon Draisaitl and wondered what was the move?
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"All I said to Leon was, 'Where are you going to win it and what do you need, a right or a left guy?'" Tippett told reporters Friday following the Oilers optional skate at Rogers Place.
"He said, 'I need a right. I'm going right to Yamo, right behind.' And Connor went right to the net."
Connor McDavid's buzzer-beater was a by-product of Draisaitl's faceoff dominance. On Thursday, the German went 15-for-21, resulting in a 71 percent rating. In total over two games this season, he is 24-for-36, winning an impressive 66.7 percent of his puck-drops.
Draisaitl is second behind Canucks' captain Bo Horvat in draws taken and won. He's also snapped them back almost automatically on the power play, going 7-for-8 on the man advantage.
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"That's a real strength of his, is on the faceoff," Tippett said. "He's confident with it. He's a big, strong guy. Obviously, his faceoffs are a big part of his game and the puck possession."
Draisaitl is carrying a 50.9 percent career average in the circle but that could increase if he maintains his '20-21 rate. For Tippett, it's just another tool in the Oilers ability to score.
"When he can win draws and when they start with the puck, they can be pretty dangerous," the coach said. "Whether it's 5-on-5 or the power play."