Draisaitl scored the game-winning goal on the power play in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs. The 25-year-old had five helpers through the Oilers' first four games but hadn't yet lit the lamp, an oversight he rectified midway through the third period in Toronto. Draisaitl has posted back-to-back 100-point campaigns, and while the truncated nature of the 2020-21 season will almost certainly end that streak, Draisaitl should still be among the league's scoring leaders.
Draisaitl provided four assists (two on the power play), went plus-3, and won 15 of 21 faceoffs in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Canucks. Draisaitl opened the season with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Canucks on Wednesday, but he was much more generous Thursday. He now has five helpers through two games. The German superstar has also won 66.7 percent of his faceoffs early in the season, which is not a facet of his game he's known for. That percentage will drop over the course of the season, but he's got a good chance to at least match the 52.1 percent faceoff win rate he posted last year.
Draisaitl provided an assist and won 9 of 15 faceoffs in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Canucks. Draisaitl had a helping hand on Kailer Yamamoto's second-period tally, the first of the year for the Oilers as a team. Other than that, the 25-year-old Draisaitl was held in check by the Canucks for most of the night. The reigning MVP had 110 points in 71 contests last season, but fantasy managers may have to wait until Thursday's rematch with the Canucks for Draisaitl to pop off.
Draisaitl was named the winner of the Hart Tophy as the NHL's MVP as well as the winner of the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player as voted by his peers Monday. Draisaitl was exceptional in 2019-20, leading the league in scoring with an absurd 43 goals and 110 points in just 71 regular-season contests. The 24-year-old pivot has now scored at least 43 goals and 105 points in back-to-back campaigns, and there's no reason to believe he won't be able to repeat those feats in 2020-21, making him a surefire top-five fantasy pick heading into next year's drafts.
Draisaitl netted two goals on six shots and added an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 3. Draisaitl twice erased one-goal deficits with his tallies. He also shot off Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford's pads to set up Connor McDavid's power-play tally late in the second period. However, for the second time in the series, a three-point effort from Draisaitl went to waste as the Oilers couldn't hang onto the lead. The German superstar has three goals, three helpers, 10 shots and a plus-2 rating so far. He'll need to be at his best in Friday's Game 4 if the Oilers are to avoid elimination.
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