Draisaitl was born in Cologne, Germany, where his father, Peter, played professionally. But the younger Draisaitl blossomed with the Prince Albert Raiders in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Draisaitl was Prince Albert’s signature player for two seasons before the Edmonton Oilers selected him third overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Draisaitl played 37 games with the Oilers as a rookie in 2014-15 before being assigned to the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, who had traded for his rights. Draisaitl became both a WHL Conference Champion and Memorial Cup Champion alongside the Rockets.
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