With the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Edmonton Oilers took Leon Draisaitl our of Prince Albert of the WHL.
Draisaitl was ranked fourth overall on the FanSided NHL prospects ranking, and becomes the highest-drafted German player in NHL history. He is expected to come in right away, and make the Oilers roster in his rookie season.
He’s a player that can be a superb scoring talent in the league as well as a top-tier power forward.
The biggest question out of this pick comes in the form of what the team does with Sam Gagner, who has been involved in massive amounts of trade speculation for the last couple of seasons. With the addition of Draisaitl to the fold, one has to expect that Gagner could be gone sooner rather than later.
My only criticism with this pick is that I would’ve taken Sam Bennett out of Kingston first. I feel Kingston has the potential to be the best player from this draft class, and could make the three teams that passed him over really regret it in the near future.
Final Grade: B+
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