The Edmonton Oilers used the third overall pick in this year’s draft to land big, skilled centre Leon Draisaitl and the 18-year-old is hoping to give a return on investment as soon as possible. That’s why he chose to stay in Edmonton this summer to train with the Oilers staff and prepare himself for the grind of his first NHL training camp.
Draisaitl wakes up at 7:30 a.m. everyday and hits the gym, skating on Mondays and Wednesdays as well. He says he works out about three hours every day. The demands of an NHL training program are a new concept to Draisaitl, who has spent the last two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL.
“It’s really different,” Draisaitl said. “Now that I know where I am it is more about focusing on playing in the NHL one day. They are NHL trainers and that’s why they’re here. They train an NHL team and they get guys ready for the season. I think I’m in really good hands.”
Draisaitl's main focus is on building strength for the upcoming season, particularly in his legs.
“I’ve been working on my weaknesses a lot. I think my skating and my lower body strength is something I really need to work on and that’s something I’ve been doing a lot these last few weeks. It’s been good and I feel comfortable and I like the training a lot.”