Leon Draisaitl (2014 Draft)
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09-10-2012, 06:49 PM
Join Date: Sep 2006
Just did up a blog about him from my Friday/Saturday viewings of him. Check it out:
Draisaitl needs to work on his skating, as most 16 year old's do, especially without the puck. His stride is a bit clunky and his acceleration isn't great, but overall his speed is pretty good. The interesting thing about his skating is that it looks like it improves immensely as soon as he has the puck on his stick. He puts his head down, skates aggressively and knows where to go with it and what lanes to drive.
To go along with his skating with the puck, he also protects the puck well. In the offensive zone he's not afraid to put his ass towards the defender and use his long arms to keep the defenders away. His size also helps him absorb hits. In one impressive play during the game on Friday night, he carried the puck over the blueline, absorbed a big check, was able to still control the puck, get it to a teammate, then drive the net for a tap-in rebound goal. He actually scored two goals just minutes apart in the game, both from on top of the crease.
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