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WORLDS: Draisaitl nets hat trick at Euro Hockey Challenge

German national team defeats Austria 5-1 on Saturday in preparation for next month's IIHF World Championship

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Leon Draisaitl simply cannot stop scoring.

The German superstar sniped 50 goals during the 2018-19 Oilers season, finishing just one tally behind Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin for the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.

With the NHL campaign complete, Draisaitl has returned home to his motherland and joined the German national team as they prepare for the 2019 IIHF World Championship May 10-26 in Slovakia.

In preparation for the Worlds tournament, Germany hosted a pair of games against Austria and posted a 5-1 victory today in Deggendorf with Draisaitl tallying a hat trick to lead his team to the win.

One of the Cologne native's three goals was particularly impressive as he was streaking to the net and had a pass headed his way deflected, but he batted the puck out of mid-air and past the Austrian netminder.

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Draisaitl, who racked up a career-best 105 points this past season, will lead the Germans into IIHF Worlds with their first matchup slated for Saturday, May 11 against Great Britain.

This year's tournament will be the 23-year-old's fifth time competing at Worlds. He's scored four goals and 19 points combined in 25 games during his four previous appearances.

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