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Top NHL draft prospect Leon Draisaitl has sick hat trick for P.A. Raiders (VIDEO)

Leon Draisaitl has a nickname that deserves to go national, particularly after his big night on Tuesday: the Deutschland Dangler.

The top NHL draft prospect was wholly worthy of that splendid sobriquet coined by Prince Albert Raiders play-by-play voice Drew Wilson, scoring a hat trick during a 5-2 win over rival Swift Current. All three goals, even an empty-netter that included a toe drag, were fairly outstanding.

Draisaitl came in riding the depths of a nine-goal goal drought. But NHL Central Scouting's second-ranked North American skater, who will likely become the highest German draft pick in the big league's history, came alive after P.A. fell behind Swift 2-1 in the second period. Midway through the frame, he swooped down his off wing by the Broncos' veteran defender Dillon Heatherington, a Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder, and protected the puck from Eetu Laurikainen's poke check before scoring.

Midway through the third, Draisaitl took a short pass while coming out of his defensive zone, then worked a perfect 2-on-1 with Winnipeg Jets first-rounder Josh Morrissey that ended with Laurikainen sliding helplessly out of the net while Draisaitl tapped it in.

In other words, Erich K├╝hnhackl's throne as the German Gretzky could be challenged some day. Chances are, Draisaitl could join the short list of players who played in a world junior and worlds in the same year by joining Germany after Prince Albert completes its season.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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