Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Edmonton Oilers have signed center Leon Draisaitl, their No. 3 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Oilers announced the signing but did not disclose financial terms of the deal.
“First of all, I want to thank [owner] Daryl Katz and [general manager] Craig MacTavish and all the other people who are part of the Oilers organization for giving me this opportunity and making this happen,” Draisaitl said. “It’s really exciting for me and my family.”
Draisaitl became the highest-drafted German-trained player when the Oilers selected him at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27.
The 18-year-old scored 38 goals and 105 points in 64 games last season for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League and could be on the fast track toward making the Oilers roster.
He spent much of his summer training in Edmonton and working with Oilers staff. He revealed Tuesday he would not attend Raiders training camp and would instead focus on playing in the NHL.
Draisaitl will attempt to join recent Oilers first-round picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov by making the roster immediately after being drafted.
Based on the makeup of the Oilers lineup, he should get a fair chance at making the team out of training camp.