Prince Albert Raiders centre Leon Draisaitl inked a three-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Draisaitl was selected by the Oilers third overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia in June. Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Following the lead of fellow first round picks Jake Virtanen, Haydn Fleury, Julius Honka and Nikita Scherbak, Prince Albert Raiders centre Leon Draisaitl inked an NHL deal on Tuesday.
Selected by the Edmonton Oilers third overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Draisaitl signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs an awesome feeling,‚ÄĚ Draisaitl said of the contract in a Raiders press release. ‚ÄúThis is what you work for and what it‚Äôs all about.‚ÄĚ
Since being selected by the Oilers on June 27, Draisaitl has been with the team ever since, training and working with Oilers staff.
The Raiders confirmed on Tuesday that Draisaitl will remain in Edmonton to continue training with the Oilers over the next month and will not return to Prince Albert for the WHL squad‚Äôs camp on Aug. 22.
‚ÄúI love Prince Albert, I would like to be back there this season,‚ÄĚ Draisaitl said. ‚ÄúI also really want to take the next step in my career and play in the NHL. I just want fans to know that if I do come back, I‚Äôll be even better than last year.‚ÄĚ
Last season, the 18-year-old German tallied 105 points in 64 games as he became the first Raider since Steve Kelly in 1996 to hit the 100-point plateau with 38 goals and 67 assists.