2013-14 Stats: 64 GP, 38 G, 67 A with the Prince Albert Raiders (WHL).
The Skill Set: Leon Draisaitl is one of the heaviest forwards available in this year's draft. As Draisaitl told NHL.com, via Chris Wescott of the Edmonton Oilers' official website, that's not all he brings to the game: "I think I’m more of an offensive player, skilled player, a playmaker who sees the ice very well and who is able to make good plays."
Why They'll Pick Him: The Edmonton Oilers need to build up the middle, and big Leon Draisaitl is a perfect fit. He projects as a skill center with size and terrific offensive potential. The Oilers can afford to send him back to junior and have him develop, but a strong training camp may persuade the club to keep Draisaitl on the roster.
As Red Line Report's Kyle Woodlief told Jason Gregor of Oilers Nation, the selection of Draisaitl makes sense for Edmonton:
I think just because of the fact that Edmonton has drafted a lot of really good players, but similar style players, who are all kind of like Reinhart in some respect, I think if Edmonton sat still at number three and were looking for a player to take they'd be a little bit better off taking a big centre who could give you some size and strength down the middle in Draisaitl.