When the Oilers won the draft lottery, it was something that surely resonated throughout the organization. Their 2014 third-overall pick Leon Draisaitl was one of the players who took notice of that moment. He also realizes that it is an opportunity, with two “generational talents” at the top of the draft, to secure an exceptional player.
Erie Otters centre Connor McDavid is categorized as that kind of player, and Draisaitl knows his talent.
“I think it’s great for the organization to get a player like him, most likely,” said Draisaitl. “I think it’s going to be great. He’s a game-changing player and he has incredible potential. I think it’s a great thing for the Oilers for sure. I don’t know him personally. I’ve played against him a couple times.”
While Draisaitl was playing in the Memorial Cup, on his way to being named tournament MVP, McDavid was on hand and spoke to reporters during the intermission of the semifinal on May 29. McDavid was asked about Draisaitl as a player and he also had good things to say about the young Oilers prospect. Although, Draisaitl had just missed a good scoring chance and McDavid couldn’t help but slip in a friendly jab.
“He’s been unbelievable all season long,” said McDavid. “I think he’ll want that chance he had back in the slot, but a guy like that is not going to miss very often.”
Draisaitl scored 17 seconds into the second period and finished with three points (1-2-3) to help Kelowna advance to the final.
When asked if he was watching a future teammate, McDavid laughed and said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”