Leon Draisaitl | C Prince Albert | WHL
Height: 6’1” Weight: 209 Shoots: Left
Born: October 27, 1996

Career Statistics
2012-2013   GP: 64   G: 21   A: 37   P: 58   +/-: 22   PIM: 22

Player Overview

The "German Gretzky" has been following up his
strong rookie season with and even better performance
this season in Prince Albert (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Draisaitl’s nickname, “The German Gretzky”, may be inaccurate, but the numbers he put up while in Germany say otherwise. Given the fact that the German U16 and U18 leagues aren't as strong as the Canadian Junior Leagues that Wayne Gretzky came up through, scoring 248 points in 64 games is still absolutely incredible. Enough to garner him the honor of second overall in the 2012 CHL import draft. There was some concern as to whether he would come over to play in North America, but the move has been very beneficial for the rising star thus far.

Very mature for his age, Draisaitl is a well rounded player with good size and strength. Blessed with a hard and accurate wrist shot, he is also a very strong and accurate passer. Mainly a playmaker though, he has the ability to be a finisher and the coaching staff wants to see him shoot more. Likewise, Draisaitl wants to continue to establish himself as unpredictable offensive force. His great vision, soft hands and elite hockey IQ are his most important assets. And while he is considered to have good speed, his skating and acceleration could use improvement.

At 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds, Draisaitl also has good size and strength. Although he does not play the role of a fighter or a banger, he is effective at using his size effectively. General Manager, Bruno Campese likes the way that Draisaitl protects and shields the puck. But it is hard to avoid what really stands out to his current GM... his playmaking ability, which Campese describes as “through the roof”. With a natural acclimation to a leadership role (currently an assistant captain with Prince Albert), the German forward is a true competitor, displaying an extremely high work ethic.

This season, Draisaitl has gotten off to a great start, scoring at over a point per game through the first twenty. Currently, he is poised to to become the highest drafted German born player in NHL history since Marcel Goc was selected 20th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.