It doesn’t take much for Leon Draisaitl to feel really comfortable: an ice rink, ice skates, sticks and puck. Given that, the 25-year-old will almost certainly have a lot of fun. However, as soon as Draisaitl performs the other necessary duties of a superstar in his sport, he seems to lose a little fun.
Press conferences with the Cologne native are therefore rather short and sweet. His answers are extremely short and not very euphoric – regardless of whether they are about sporting goals or private matters. Leon Draisaitl is a taciturn young man who prefers to let his actions speak on the ice.
500th NHL game against Vancouver
In the night from Wednesday to Thursday (October 14th, 2021), Draisaitl will do this for the 500th time in the NHL to do. Then start his Edmonton Oilers against Vancouver into the new – again somewhat more normal season: “It’s great that the audience is back, it’s a lot more fun to play again”, says Draisaitl: “We’re looking forward to seeing other opponents again and traveling with the team.” Last year was the NHL was divided into regional groups due to the corona.
The 500th game in the best ice hockey league in the world is another milestone in the already remarkable career of the former junior player of the Kölner Haie und Adler Mannheim. After all, the offensive man has been the best German since April NHL–Scorer history and has overtaken Marco Sturm in just a few years. In 2020 he was honored twice as the most valuable player in the league.
Draisaitl: “I believe our time has come”
Draisaitl is now entering its eighth season with the Oilers and after receiving personal awards, I finally want to achieve something with the team: “I believe our time has come now”according to the center. He sees a – especially in depth – significantly improved squad. With the one year younger Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have it Oilers two absolute Superstars the NHL in their ranks – behind them, however, the squad regularly fell significantly.
Draisaitl and McDavid are the two top scorers of the last two years – but Edmonton was in the first Playoff– Round end. Last had to Oilers in May against Winnipeg paint the sails. A 0: 4-Playoff-Series without their own victory – the maximum penalty in ice hockey.
Wanted by some newly signed playoff veterans General Manager Ken Holland counteract this phenomenon and finally play for the title. To the pleasure of Leon Draisaitl: “It is and must be our goal to play at the top.”