Isles Talk Draft Preview: Leon Draisaitl

If Draisaitl fell to 5th, would be very enticing for a few teams to move up for him.

It would be completely unprofessional and wrong of me if I did my own report on possible top 4 pick Leon Draisaitl when my colleague Paige did an exceptional one already. Draisaitl is, as she advertised. A good scorer, enough to be called “Germany’s Gretzky” and uses the body well to block opponents.




Player: Leon Draisaitl

Position: Center

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 208lbs

League: WHL

DOB: 10.27.1995

ISS: 6 CSS: 4

Style comparison: Henrik Seden

Season Stats: Games: 64 Goals: 38 Assists 67 Points: 105

From Paige:

Leon Draisaitl is from Germany and is the son of long-time German national team center Peter Draisaitl.  In 2011-2012 Draisaitl was named the DNL’s player of the year and also was the second-leading scorer in Germany’s top junior team.  He also had the honor in representing his country in two of international tournaments.  While reading about Draisaitl he was always named the second-leading goal scorer for Prince Albert in his first season in North America. He also played for Germany in the 2013 U20 and U18 World Hockey Championship.

Not only is he good on the ice, I also think that with him the Islanders could be stronger. I took the time and looked at some video of him and found out not only can he score goals, but he is strong enough to not get knocked down while trying to score.

I think that strength is one with that the Islanders are lacking in the roster. They have the speed; they just need to get the strength.

Draft Rankings:  I have Draisaitl high, so Paige is correct in her assessment. However, like Bennet, Ekblad, and Reinhart, Draisaitl is a center who could be ready sooner rather than later, which is why I think Draisaitl won’t be around at number 5. He’s close though. Ehlers moves up one spot, but Dal Colle remains atop.

1. Michael Dal Colle F

2. Nikolaj Ehlers F

3. Leon Draisaitl C

4. Nick Ritchie LW

5. Jake Virtanen RW

6. Kasperi Kapanen RW

7. William Nylander C

8. Sam Bennet C

9. Sam Reinhart C

10. Aaron Ekblad D

PK (@Netminder39)

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