Top draft prospect Leon Draisaitl came to North America to play for the Prince Albert Raiders because he wanted to play hockey where it would best help his development. With the goal of making the NHL in mind, Draisaitl left Germany in pursuit of his dreams.
That doesn’t mean he has forgotten where he’s come from. Draisaitl is hoping to one day be the type of German player who inspires younger children in his home country to take up hockey.
“German players don’t come along very often,” he said. “We just don’t have the best development. I don’t like saying it. I’m proud to be German but I think it’s important for German hockey to have (good German players) so kids have guys to look up to. I want to be that same type of guy that maybe makes younger guys in Germany play hockey because I’m proud to be German and I want to make the country proud and make as many kids play hockey as possible.”
Draisaitl skated for Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships earlier this month in Minsk, Belarus.