The Edmonton Oilers were more than pleased with the way the first two picks fell in the first round of this year’s draft. With Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart off the board to Florida and Buffalo, the Oilers were given the opportunity to draft just what they needed. The club selected Leon Draisaitl third overall, adding size and skill to their centre lineup.
“Very excited,” Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor said after the draft concluded in Philadelphia. “I think he helps fill a need. He gives us an opportunity to have a strong centreman with some size that can play ahead of or behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, whichever way it works. We’ll give him that opportunity but also have to tell you he’s still a junior-age player who may need time and we’ll just give him that time for him to become the prospect we hope he can be.”
MacGregor added, “I think once he gets the opportunity to develop and mature he’ll be a very good fit for our organization.