Oilers Colour Commentator Bob Stauffer had TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button on his show this afternoon and his guest addressed any rumours surrounding draft prospect Leon Draisaitl’s character.
“The guy came over from Germany to play in Prince Albert,” Button said. “He’s done it for two years. What more do you need to know? He’s a top player, he’s a good kid. What are we talking about? When people want to say ‘good character’, what are they talking about?”
“It’s unfair and I’ll be straight forward with you, I don’t tolerate it because it’s people who don’t know.”
Button has Draisaitl going to the Oilers with the third overall pick in his latest mock draft.
In addition to having Button on his show, Stauffer also spoke with Draisaitl’s coach in Prince Albert, Cory Clouston.
“I have no idea where that would come from,” Clouston said. “I don’t know where that would have started. I don’t sugar coat things. Leon is a great kid, he’s fun to coach, he’s a guy who shows up at the rink, he’s focused, he’s like any other 18 year-old. There’s obviously areas he has to improve on but that’s kind of the fun thing about it. We saw him at the start of the year where he was, I’m not going to say he was one-dimensional but he was not as multi-dimensional as he sure ended up at the end of the season. That to me has a lot to do with his attitude, the guys really liked him, he loves doing extra work after practice and often he’d come in and instead of the coaches going to him, he’d show a lot of initiative coming to us and saying, he brought up the power play, can I look at power play video, can I look at 5-on-5 stuff? We utilized him on the penalty kill so he had quite a bit to learn, a big learning curve on the penalty kill so I would have no idea where those rumours would start and that’s the furthest thing from the truth.”