Oilers Colour Commentator Bob Stauffer spoke with Prince Albert’s Head Coach Cory Clouston today on Oilers Now and asked about one of the draft’s top prospects, Leon Draisaitl.
The centre was a huge part of the Raiders’ improvement on the power play this season.
“He was obviously a big part of that,” Clouston said. “They were last, they were 22nd last year and third overall this year. Huge improvement and a lot of that has to do with Leon. We obviously had a top-end defenceman in Josh Morrisey which definitely helps but Leon up front was very key. He’s got great vision. He’s able to sometimes make plays where you don’t think there’s a play to be made. He’s very poised with the puck. He’s a guy that is very dangerous, not only on the power play but on 5-on-5 as well. He’s a special player and to me, he played his best hockey down the stretch the last while for us. He’s a big reason we got into the playoffs. We had a stretch there in the regular season where we lost him and Morrisey to world juniors, we had a couple more key injuries and a horrible flu bug go through our team at the same time. I think we lost eight or nine of 10 games and that really put us in a tough spot but Leon’s play really helped us get back on track.”
Draisaitl is projected to go in the top five in this year’s draft and could be an option at third overall for the Edmonton Oilers.