The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have selected centre Leon Draisaitl, in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Draisaitl, 18, has spent the past two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League, recording 163 points (59G, 104A) and 46 penalty minutes in 128 games.
In 2013-14 he appeared in 64 games, posting a career high in both goals and assists (38-67-105), while recording 24 penalty minutes. In four playoff games, he tallied three points (1G, 2A) and four penalty minutes. Draisaitl also finished tied for fourth in WHL scoring with 105 points and ranked third in assists (67). He also participated in the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game.
The Cologne, Germany native has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, recording four points (1G, 3A) in seven games.
The 6’1”, 209-pound Draisaitl has represented Germany twice at the World Junior Hockey Championship (2013, 2014), as well as two appearances at the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship (2012, 2013) and was a member of Team Germany at the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.
Draisaitl’s father Peter, was a Czech-born, German professional hockey player who participated in numerous international tournaments for Germany as a member of their men’s national team, including the 1988, 1992 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He also has coached professionally in both Germany and the Czech Republic.