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BLOG: Draisaitl ranked 6th in NHL Network's Top-20 Wings List

The Oilers forward was the only player in the NHL to net 50 goals and 50-plus assists in the 2018-19 season

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - They haven't forgotten about Drai.

And how could they after Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl struck for 50 goals, dished 55 assists and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time in his career by netting 105 in the 2018-19 season.

With the Deutschland Dangler's explosive campaign, the NHL Network ranked him the sixth-best winger in the League, with a star-studded cast in front of him which includes fellow flanks Nikita Kucherov, Patrick Kane, Alexander Ovechkin and Mitch Marner.

"He's shown he's self-sufficient," said NHL Network Analyst Mike Rupp. "Leon doesn't need anybody else. He can do it by himself."

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Draisaitl ended the year second in goals, trailing Ovechkin by a single marker, and placed fourth in League scoring. The 23-year-old owned a shooting percentage of 21.6 percent, notching his 50 tucks on 231 shots, with 16 of them coming while on the man advantage. 

The Cologne, Germany, product also averaged 22:35 of ice time per night and when he wasn't positioned on the wing, won 50.5 percent of the draws he took.

While he is a force on his own, Draisaitl's production is exacerbated when he's paired with Oilers Captain Connor McDavid. The two have combined for an NHL-high 143 goals since the 2016-17 season, which is the most goals combined on by teammates since that time, edging Flames forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, who sit at 130.

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"Let's not forget, there also is another absolute stud in the NHL on his team and he looks for him often," continued Rupp. "They get on the ice together often, Connor McDavid… I think at 3-on-3, they're the best tandem in the League."

Draisaitl became the first Oilers player to score 50 or more goals in a season since '86-87 when Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri both achieved the feat with 62 and 54 tallies, respectively.

"The sky is the limit here with this guy," said Rupp.

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