Leon Draisaitl is having fun in the WHL, and why wouldn’t he? It’s a chance to play longer, with the Oilers out of the playoffs, and it’s a real shot at winning a championship. The Kelowna Rockets have advanced to the Western Conference Final and Draisaitl is headed there with them.
“It’s been good. It’s been very good,” said the Oilers 2014 third-overall pick, who joined Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now on Wednesday. “Obviously, winning is a lot of fun. We have a special group this year and so far the playoffs have been great for us.”
Draisaitl and the Rockets are a good team that got even better as the season went on. There are expectations that they could go all the way, even competing for a Memorial Cup. The Oilers prospect feels the pressure.
“Yeah, there definitely is (pressure),” said Draisaitl. “Teams, or people around the league, always say the Rockets are stacked and it’s almost unfair. For us, it’s playing with pressure that’s for sure. But I think so far we’ve been doing a very good job. All we do is take it game by game and try to not look too far ahead.”
Draisaitl has 15 points in nine games this post-season. After playing 37 games for the Oilers this season, Draisaitl went down to junior and lit up the scoresheet, tallying 53 (19-34-53) points in 32 games.