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Leon Draisaitl made German hockey history with his 24th goal of the season Thursday against the Boston Bruins

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Leon Draisaitl's unassisted goal at 6:46 of Thursday's second period against the Boston Bruins was more than just the sixth goal of the night for the Oilers.

There's more to it than just being the Deutschland Dangler's 24th goal and 60th point of the season.

The tally was record-breaking.

With the goal, the Cologne, Germany product surpassed Marco Sturm for the most points in a single season by a German-born hockey player.

Fitting it was scored against the Bruins - the club Sturm shared time with between the San Jose Sharks and Bruins during 2005-06 when he put up 16 points as a Shark and 43 as a Bruin for 59 total.

The sophomore Oiler is too humble to make it a big deal because he has a lot of respect for his predecessor - and the fact that Sturm serves as General Manager and Head Coach of the German National Hockey Team - but it's a great achievement regardless.

"It's obviously a nice little milestone for me," said Draisaitl. "I have too much respect for Marco to make a huge deal out of this."

"I'll take it for sure."

Draisaitl's stature in his home country is already grand but continues to rise. Many German publications have called No. 29 'Ice Nowitzki' - an epithet referring to the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, who has been considered one of the greatest German-born National Basketball Association players of all time.

Draisaitl is considered the ice hockey equivalent.

"I've heard it quite a bit actually but it's just something you go along with," said Draisaitl. "I want to make a name for myself in Germany and here as well. If that's what people compare me to then I think I'll gladly take that."

The Oilers forward continues his steady incline with the Oilers. He's helped improve the team to a 37-24-9 record while flanking Connor McDavid. 

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