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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The third-overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft is ready to make a good first impression when he puts on the Oilers crest for the first time in game action. The Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C. is Leon Draisaitl’s opportunity before training camp to put the Oilers management on notice that he's ready to compete.

“Definitely, I want to make a good first impression and I think everyone does,” he said. “I can talk for everyone here. It’s special to put that jersey on, play some actual games and get in game shape.”

Draisaitl, along with the rest of the Oilers prospects, will use Penticton as an opportunity to make a good first impression and return to game shape heading into training camp.

“I talked to the guys who were there last year and they all said it was a great tournament,” Draisaitl said. “They’re all top prospects and high draft picks and they are all really good players and potentially will play one day in the NHL. It’s a really good tournament to get used to playing again and get ready for training camp.”

For Draisaitl, it’s just exciting to get back to playing after the summer away from game action.

“Now it gets going and I think everyone is really excited, and so am I. It has been a pretty quick summer and also a pretty long summer. Everybody wants to get going and play games. I think we are all really excited to get going.”

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