This season, centre Leon Draisaitl became the first Prince Albert Raider since Steve Kelly in 1996 to hit the 100-point plateau. In his second WHL season, Draisaitl scored 38 goals and 67 assists as he heads into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft where he is projected to be selected in the top five. Herald photo by Perry Bergson
For the second time this year, Prince Albert Raiders centre Leon Draisaitl will play on the world stage.
On Thursday, the Raiders announced that Draisaitl will represent his native Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
With New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr and Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin entered in the tournament, Draisaitl will play against NHL talent over 20-years-old for the first time.
Representing Germany at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden earlier this year, Draisaitl tallied two goals and four assists in six games.
A native of Cologne, Draisaitl finished his sophomore WHL campaign this season as the first Raider since Steve Kelly in 1996 to hit the 100-point plateau, scoring 38 goals and 67 assists.
As the youngest player on Team Germany’s roster, Draisaitl is one of four 18-year-olds in the event, joining Slovakia’s Martin Reway, Italy’s Joachim Ramoser and Canada’s Nathan Mackinnion.
The Germans will play in Group B along with Finland, Russia, the United States, Switzerland, Latvia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Team Germany and Draisaitl will kick things off in Belarus on Saturday as they take on Kazakhstan in their opening match.