Leon Draisaitl was nervously watching the draft lottery a year ago, without knowing where he would be selected in the first round. The centre was taken third overall by the Oilers in the 2014 Draft.
Flash forward to this year, and Draisaitl was able to watch casually as a fan. He did so on Saturday night and was wide-eyed at the outcome as the Oilers won and will now draft first overall in June.
“I was surprised a little bit, but at the same time I think it’s great for the Oilers and the organization to most likely get a game-changing player. It’s very exciting and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead,” said Draisaitl, who joined Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now, Wednesday afternoon.
The consensus is the top two players on draft boards across the league are Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. Selecting one of those two adds another young centre to the Oilers mix, which could mean someone plays on the wing or has a harder time immediately making the roster out of camp. Draisaitl isn’t worried about that.
“I think that comes down to camp when the time (comes),” he said. “That’s all going to show with the way we are, the way we play in camp, the way we present ourselves. There are obviously going to be battles there for spots and, no matter what for me personally, wherever that will be if it’s on the wing or as a centre I think I’m willing to do whatever it takes to be on that team.”