This weekend’s Young Stars Tournament was the first chance for the Oilers to get a look at their third-overall pick in game action since he was drafted. Leon Draisaitl made an impression on General Manager Craig MacTavish, who was in attendance in Penticton, B.C.
“He did what he needed to do,” MacTavish said. “He showed an elite understanding of the game and an elite sense and you would expect a player of that pedigree to be a dominant player at this level. So we can check off the first box in terms of what he needs to accomplish to stay with us.”
Draisaitl had two assists on Monday in the team’s third and final game of the tournament. His passes were indications of what kind of player he could be in the NHL.
“That’s my game. I am a playmaker more than a finisher,” Draisaitl said.
MacTavish says his two assists were examples of the elite hockey sense that made him a top-five pick in the draft.
“He knows what he’s going to do with the puck before he gets it. That’s a pretty good indicator of elite hockey sense and he finds people just effortlessly on the rush. When players on the ice are finding players that you’re not seeing while watching the game, you know that that’s pretty special talent.”