Leon Draisaitl thought he put his junior hockey days behind him when he stayed with the Edmonton Oilers after the nine-game mark in October. He believed he traded in his $200 a month paycheck and seat on a charter bus for a six-figure salary and a first-class spot on a jet.
But when Oilers architect Craig McTavish and Prince Albert Raiders GM Bruno Campese worked out an agreement that sent the 19-year-old centre’s WHL rights to the powerhouse Kelowna Rockets near the trade deadline, his immediate future quickly changed. His NHL dream was put on hold while his junior career picked right back up again.
“At first it wasn’t easy; you dream of playing in the NHL and you want to stay there,” says Draisaitl, who scored two goals and nine points in 37 games with the Oilers. “But I’m not worried about the money right now. I’m only 19 and have a lot of years ahead of me. This is a good opportunity here and this is where they want me to be right now.”
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