Canucks Army draft prospect profile #5 - Leon Draisaitl

Cam Charron
June 23 2014 09:46AM

Over the weekend, our dear friend(s?) from Extra Skater added in some CHL fancystats. While I like stats as much as anybody, I'm still a little iffy on whether we can trust some of the time on ice and quality of competition estimates given by those numbers, so I'm not going to spend too much time worrying about them as they pertain to individual players.

What the page allows you to do however, which is terrific, terrific news for prospophiles, is to sort players across all CHL leagues by age. There are miles of difference between a player who is near the top of the OHL in scoring at 17 and one at the top of the OHL in scoring at 20, and the difference is not clear when looking at the statistics from the league's website.

Anyway, go to the page and sort 17-year-olds by points. There will be a tie for first through the CHL: Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice, and Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders.

LEON DRAISAITL - Prince Albert (WHL)
Position: C/LW
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 209 lbs
Birthdate: October 27 1995

We should note the birthdate for Draisaitl (and eventually Reinhart) because it is significant to note the two have about eight months difference on Michael Dal Colle and Sam Bennett, some of the other top-ranked CHLers. That has to be one of the few concerns about Draisaitl, who has been referred to as the "German Gretzky", if Gretzky was a 200-lb monster who managed to get himself ejected from two different World Junior games in December.

I mean, Gretzky would never high stick anybody.

Ironically, the knock on him tends to be that he isn't physical enough, but what Leon has going for him seems to be working fine. He tied Reinhart for tops in CHL scoring among first-time draft-eligible players, scoring 38 goals and 105 points in just 64 games this season in Prince Albert. He scored six points in six games at the World Juniors, with two points in the final relegation game to save Germany from being knocked down a division, also leading all first-time draft-eligible players in points (although he would have had the bulk of first line and powerplay minutes being the clearcut best player on a worse team than most top prospects).

Draisaitl's skating stride is either a plus or a minus, depending which scouting article you read, but everybody seems to agree that Leon is a damn good playmaker, has excellent hands and vision. His physicality is a bit of a hit and miss. He doesn't tend to use his big frame often, but one reason is because he's so effective at getting pucks inside from the perimeter. That's going to become more useful when he joins the NHL and defencemen are much bigger and stronger than they are in junior.

Here's Leon's highlight reel. Clearly, WHL Eastern Conference goaltenders were not sufficiently protected against "ze Germans" last season:

Rankings:

Leon Draisaitl
Cam 4
Dimitri 7
Josh 4
Rhys 3
Thomas 6

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#1 Chrìs
June 23 2014, 10:13AM
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Wow I can't believe Ritchie is I going to be in the top4. Are you guys going to be posting everyone's list when you announce # 1?

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#2 Dimitri Filipovic
June 23 2014, 11:03AM
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@Chrìs

You are really going to take the news hard, aren't you?

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#4 Fogghorn
June 23 2014, 11:48AM
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@Dimitri

isn't Brian Burke managing your analysis?

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#5 JFR
June 23 2014, 12:32PM
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No matter how advanced and complete scouting becomes in the NHal it still seems that players from non-traditional hockey countries are looked at with a bit or hesitation. It allowed the Kings to steal Anze Kopitar. Granted Germany isn't Slovenia, but there always seems to be a little"we aren't sure"

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#6 Ted
June 23 2014, 12:46PM
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Nice article. Sounds like the top few players are pretty close in talent. Tough choices.

Has anyone heard if the Canucks will try and take a flier of Peter Mueller? Apparently he is returning to the NHL and did well overseas. It wouldn't hurt to sign him to a 2-way deal.

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#8 NM00
June 23 2014, 02:14PM
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@Cam Charron

You're knocking them out of the park today...

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#9 JFR
June 23 2014, 02:15PM
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Cam Charron wrote:

Yeah, those numbers for the Prince Albert Räuber in the Deutscheland junior league need to be taken with a grain of salt.

You wrote "he is considered not physical enough" and every article I've read mentions lack of physicality.... German less physical?? If he was born in Prince Albert do you think hg he same knock would apply?

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#10 JFR
June 23 2014, 02:22PM
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Draft week conspiracy question: All has been focused on getting the #1 pick from Fla with a top 4 Dman so the can improve immediately. What about targeting Buffalo with the 2nd pick?

I have read more than once the team is soo bad they could start 1-10 on the way to the Conner Mac sweepstakes?? Buffalo may take less ready NHL talent or future picks to move back in the draft. A number 6 pick won't have the immediate impact of #2 and might be better left in Juniors for a year.....

Also watched trailer for the Penguins throwing the season to draft Mario... Don't see why no one is talking about Buffalo's pick. They need more help than FLa

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#12 Chrìs
June 23 2014, 05:15PM
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@Dimitri Filipovic

Yea my guess is that is he going to be #3. It's not where I had him, but everyone is going to have their own list. But wtf ekblad at 4 lol. Rumour has it Harrison mooney''s head will explode if you rank Ritchie #1

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#13 Lemming
June 23 2014, 05:26PM
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@Cam Charron

Best player = most PIM.

Who's available at 6 with the most PIMs?

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#14 Doop
June 24 2014, 03:45AM
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The highlight package calls Jason Arnott to mind but I guess he wouldn't look so humangous playing in the NHL. The style is uncanny though.

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#15 acg5151
June 24 2014, 04:29AM
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I would like us to draft him. He would be a great prospect for us.

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