NHL Draft War Room: Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl

THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings: #5

THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #5 (March 2014)

Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl #92 Team Orr at BMO CHL Top Prospects Game (Photo: Brad Watson)

  • HashtagNickname: #TheDeutschlandDangler, #GermanGretzky  
  • Team: #29, Prince Albert, WHL
  • Position: Centre
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 208 lb.
  • Born: Cologne, Germany, 27-Oct-95
  • Twitter A/C: @Drat_29


Other Rankings

2 – NHL Combined – Mid-term, Jan-14

5 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14

6 – Future Considerations, Feb-14

11 – Craig Button, Jan-14

11 – ISS, Feb-14

Worth Retweeting

[For all the prospects profiled in the THW NHL Draft War Room series check out

the 2014 NHL Draft War Room: Prospect Profile Index]



  • Quote 1: Dan Marr, NHL Director of NHL Central Scouting at NHL.com, “All season long he’s continued to develop as a prospect. You noticed him all the time last year and he’s gone out there and become a dominant player for Prince Albert this year. We like him as a top-five pick.”

From the War Room

  • Eldon MacDonald, THW: A few words on Leon Draisaitl:
    • Big man size – Every team could use a big centre with elite skills. Although, he is not a hitter per say, he has that big man swagger about him.
    • Hockey sense – Leon reads the play well and immediately acts on that read.
    • Soft hands – Leon can be the scorer or the set up guy – he has those soft hands that makes the puck do what he wants it to do. They call him “The German Gretzky”.
    • Potential growth – As good as he is now, a few more improvements in his skating, a little more physicality and this guy could be close to unstoppable. Top five in my books but a team betting on those improvements could take him much higher.


  • Video 2: Shootout goal:

About NHL Draft War Room Series

This series is compiled by Eldon MacDonald and edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)

Christopher Ralph

Christopher Ralph

Managing Editor/Lead Prospect &Draft Analyst at THW
Chris is THW's senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for Chris' regular column "The Next Ones" Prospect Profile series as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphTHW on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com
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