EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan likes to deal more with pairs of players than full lines. That's why you'll see the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon together, or Leon Draisaitl and Milan Lucic.
For the latter, Lucic says the pairing works so well because the two do a good job at playing that "give-and-go game" and they use their size and strength to get inside of teams. Having Draisaitl be the type of skilled and versatile player he is also makes it easy on his veteran partner to have success.
"He has showed he can help take this team to another level and we're going to need him to be the same type of player he was last year," said Lucic. "He's a lot of fun to play with. He uses his linemates, he uses his size, he uses his speed and I'm excited to see what kind of player he's going to be for us this season."