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"Together, it seems like they feed off each other… That being said, I'm not stuck on that," said Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett on the dynamic McDavid-Draisaitl duo

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - It's nothing but net when Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl take to the ice together.

And much of the same when they're apart, too.

On Tuesday at Dave Tippett's introductory press conference - where he was named the 16th Oilers head coach in franchise history - the newly-appointed bench boss expressed his view of the two offensive catalysts

"I've watched a lot of video of them together and apart," Tippett started. "Together, it seems like they feed off each other." 

Video: 1-ON-1 | Dave Tippett

Tippett, who coached McDavid at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey as a member of the Team North America assistant coaching staff, described an anecdote from that tournament and how it relates to the two Oilers superstars.

"When we were in the World Cup, we had 13 forwards," Tippett said. "(Auston) Matthews was our 13th forward. Going into the World Cup, we had put together some lines and tried different people with McDavid. We tried (Nathan) MacKinnon, we tried (Jonathan) Drouin. Finally, we came down one day and said, "Let's try Matthews up there.'

"We put him on the wing and he was an unbelievable complement. It was phenomenal the way they worked together. I see Draisaitl a little bit in the same vein as Matthews. Real solid, makes great plays, Connor can give-and-go with him, then Draisaitl shoots when he gets a chance."

Video: RAW | Tippett Press Conference

While the coach clearly likes the idea of McDavid and Draisaitl on a line, he's not entirely sold on keeping them on the same unit and first wants to see how the rest of the Oilers roster appears.

"That being said, I'm not stuck on that," Tippett continued. "I want to see how the rest of the lineup, by the time we get to training camp, looks. 

"But you watch those two players play together, they certainly feed off each other."

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