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"They'll be one of the best one-two punches in the National Hockey League, for sure, that's ever been around if those two stay healthy and stay together," said Alex Chiasson

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Peanut butter and jelly. Eggs and bacon.

Connor and Leon.

No matter who's dishing it to who, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have become one of the most elite pairs in the National Hockey League over the past three seasons.

The tandem has combined on an NHL-high 143 goals since the 2016-17 season to lead the League in that regard and ended the '18-19 campaign with 221 points between the two of them, making the Orange & Blue the first team to have multiple plus-100 point players in a year since the '09-10 Washington Capitals when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom culled 109 and 101, respectively.

The young Oilers are in the NHL's upper echelon of talent, and players like Alex Chiasson couldn't help but marvel at their offensive assault after watching it for himself.

Video: RAW | Chiasson 04.07.19

"In 10-15 years, I'll be done by then for sure, those two might be still kicking around," laughed Chiasson at his exit interview. 

"They'll be one of the best one-two punches in the National Hockey League, for sure, that's ever been around if those two stay healthy and stay together."

Chiasson, the 22-goal scorer who got to ride shotgun with McDavid and Draisaitl at times, has experienced skating with prolific pairs - such as the aforementioned Ovechkin and Backstrom - and detailed how the Oilers dynamic duo gets it done.

"Just the way they read off each other and how they can create space," Chiasson continued. "I had the opportunity to play with them for a little bit this season and sometimes you just get caught mesmerized by what they do."

Chiasson also added how impactful McDavid and Draisaitl are for the Oilers organization going forward.

"It's great to see for this organization," he said. "They have a solid base like that and their two young guys are great kids in the locker room. I think it starts there because when you have good people it makes good teams. Those two, along with Nuge and the guys that carry our forward group, are good people and that's important."

Video: RAW | Hitchcock 04.07.19

Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock admitted it wasn't difficult coaching McDavid and Draisaitl, simply because of the high hockey IQ both possess.

"Really, all I had to do was lift the latch," said Hitchcock. "Open the gate. They bought in right away. 

"I don't want to say it was easy but it was much easier than I've had before. It was fun. When you say go and do this and they go and do it or these are the adjustments you need to make and then they go and make the adjustments. The team has success, they have success. It becomes easy."

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