Beyond Tomorrow: Draisaitl makes a solid first impression
The Prince Albert Raiders have struggled to make the playoffs for the last several years, despite the best efforts of players like current team leader and first-round NHL draft pick, Mark McNeil (CHI). Enter Leon Draisaitl, a German-born WHL rookie and 2014 draft-eligible forward who scored at nearly a point-per-game pace in his rookie season. Draisaitl and McNeil combined for 125 points and led the Raiders to their first post-season appearance in almost a decade.
Draisaitl was selected by the Raiders second overall in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, and once he joined the team, he did not disappoint. In fact, he is one of two finalists for the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top rookie, along with defensive sensation and potential first overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, Portland defenseman Seth Jones.… read more