Edmonton Oilers superstar Leon Draisaitl
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Insider links superstar Leon Draisaitl to division rival

Published May 16, 2024 at 2:07 PM

An insider has linked superstar forward Leon Draisaitl to a division rival team where he could land potentially in the near future.

NHL insider Greg Wyshynski suggested on the Jeff Marek show that Leon Draisaitl might sign with the San Jose Sharks in free agency. Draisaitl has been outstanding in the playoffs this year, leading in scoring with 20 points, including 9 goals in nine games. His closest competitor is teammate Connor McDavid with 18 points.

Everyone with 20+ points this postseason:

— Leon Draisaitl

The ultimate playoff performer.

Many of Draisaitl's points have come from the power play, including 6 of his 9 goals. He is just one goal behind Mark Messier's franchise record for power play goals in a single postseason.

Most powerplay goals in a postseason in Oil history:

7 — Mark Messier
6 — Leon Draisaitl (this season)

Bros played 9 games.

Wyshynski speculated that this could be one of Draisaitl's last seasons with the Oilers. He proposed the idea of Draisaitl signing with the Sharks, noting that the speculation has been around for a while, partly because Sharks owner Hasso Plattner is German, like Draisaitl.

SPECULATION: On today's The Jeff Marek Show, ESPN reporter Greg Wyshynski proposed a question to Jeff asking «Do you think [Leon] Draisaitl would go to San Jose because their owner is German?»

Jeff mentioned that there is an «opportunity» and that it has been SPECULATED on by the hockey industry for at least a year maybe longer.

The Sharks are currently not a top team, but they have promising young players and potential high draft picks. Wyshynski mentioned the potential of Macklin Celebrini, the expected first overall pick in 2024, joining the team soon, along with 2023 fourth overall pick Will Smith and 2021 seventh overall pick William Eklund. Adding Draisaitl to this group could make the Sharks a strong team quickly.

Greg listed off some reasons as to why maybe Draisaitl would consider: «Emerging market, great young players. They will obviously compensate him.

This idea may seem far-fetched, but it's an intriguing possibility for the Sharks to emerge from their rebuild.

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