Stock Report: FALLING
Center, 6'1", 209 lbs
2013-14 stats: 64 GP 38-67-105
My Previous Ranking: 3
Despite finishing in a tie for fourth in WHL scoring this season, Draisaitl faces some questions about his commitment as the final months tick down until the draft.
Gare Joyce quotes an anonymous NHL scout who has issues with Draisaitl's game.
He likes to slow things down, a control game, which is fine if you can do it. But that’s the one speed he likes to play at and he’s going to have to skate faster and make quicker decisions when he gets to the next level. In terms of his commitment, willingness to go into traffic and take a hit to make a play, he’s not there for me yet.
Despite the criticism, Draisaitl was named to the WHL Eastern Conference's first All-Star team and has a chance to increase his stock in the playoffs after his Prince Albert Raiders squeaked in with a final-game tiebreaker win.
Draisaitl has been a bright light for Germany in two years of play at the World Junior Championships, and with an October birthday is one of the older players in the draft. He could turn out to be NHL-ready quicker than some of his peers.