Draisaitl finished the 2017-18 season with 25 goals and 45 assists in 78 games. The first-round pick in 2014 (#3 overall) closed out another 70-point season (77 points in 2016-17). Draisaitl also tallied 11 points on the power play -- albeit a drastic fall from 27 points with the man advantage in 2016-17. If there was an aspect of the 22-year-old center's game to be concerned about, it would be the lack of consistency -- Draisaitl scored eight points in his last 10 games but was held scoreless in five of those contests. The German stud is worth the erratic production -- especially considering the multitude of minutes alongside Connor McDavid.
Draisaitl found the back of the net in Saturday's 3-2 win over Vancouver. Draisaitl scored a power-play goal early in the first period -- he finished the 2017-18 season with 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists). The young German finished the year by collecting a point in back-to-back games despite being held off the scoresheet in the three games prior. Despite the uneven performances, the 22-year-old center spent the majority of the season alongside Connor McDavid -- making him worthy of ownership in all formats.
Draisaitl is determined to work on his inconsistency, the Edmonton Journal reports. Draisaitl has eight points in his last 10 games but has yet to score in back-to-back nights since a three-game point streak from Feb. 22-25. Even though the 22-year-old German has amassed 66 points in 69 games in 2017-18, the uneven performances haven't gone unnoticed. "I can speak for a lot of guys who are supposed to contribute: it's not easy when you go through (dry) stretches like that, but everybody goes through them," Draisaitl said. "You have to stay positive. That's how this league works, sometimes the bounces don't go your way. The next night they will go your way." Despite not knowing which Draisaitl will show up, he is worth gambling on every night.
Draisaitl went plus-4 and whipped up a goal and three assists Tuesday, helping the Oilers to a 7-4 road win over the Hurricanes. All of the German's points were had at even strength, which makes his effort all the more impressive. Draisaitl is now up to 73 goals and 130 assists in 260 career games, serving as a reminder of why the Oilers were willing to sign him for eight years and $68 million last August. He's certainly golden in the fantasy realm, so make sure Drat's in your lineup every time the Oilers hit the ice.
Draisaitl scored a goal in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Minnesota. The goal was his 22nd of the season. The German center has seven points in his last eight games and hasn't been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back contests since the first week of January. There isn't much to be excited about in Oil Country in 2017-18 except for the stunning skills of Connor McDavid and the reliability of Draisaitl.
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