In the 2014 NHL Draft, the Edmonton Oilers selected German forward Leon Draisaitl with the No. 3 overall pick.
While a lot of rookies will spend their early years in the lower levels of hockey looking to work their way to the NHL, Draisaitl has his sights set high.
If Draisaitl gets his way, the decision to train this summer in Edmonton rather than returning home to his family in Germany will lead to an early roster spot with the team.
“I have a dream and I want to make that dream happen,” he said, via Jason Gregor at the Edmonton Journal. “Obviously, I would love to see my parents, but it’s not the end of the world if I don’t see them for a while. My goal is to play in the NHL next year and it (staying in Edmonton) is the best way to get ready and get used to the life here.
“For me, personally, it is the best decision.”
The Oilers are one team that is not afraid to start a youngster from the get go, so we could see Draisaitl achieve his dream of playing in the NHL sooner rather than later.
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