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LEON DRAISAITL CONFIDENT IN TIM STÜTZLE'S ABILITIES, BELIEVES HE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE NHL

Apr 7, 2021 à 13h39      COOPER GODIN
Ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Ottawa, Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was asked by the media about fellow German Tim Stützle and his recent struggles, only scoring twice in his last 19 games, and how difficult it is for an 18-year-old to perform at this level.

"Yeah it's hard, I mean it's the best league in the world, it's a tough league. No one's just gonna let you come in and score. Guys are so good at defending nowadays that it's hard, especially as a young kid when you don't have experience, and all that kind of stuff. Those things are normal, they happen to pretty much any young guy. I've been through it, he's going through it, I'm sure he'll be fine.", the Oilers star said.

As Draisaitl mentioned, he struggled early in his career. During his rookie season in 2014-15, he only recorded 9 points (2 G, 7 A) in 37 games, before sending him back to the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. The Oilers got a lot of flack for not allowing Draisaitl to participate at the 2015 World Juniors, but sent him back to the WHL just as the tournament was wrapping up.

Despite scoring only twice in his last 19, Stützle has tallied 20 points (6 G, 14 A) in 36 games this season, tied with Josh Norris, and Connor Brown.

The Oilers will battle the Senators on Wednesday with puck drop set for an unusual time of 5pm ET.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
45255277
LEON DRAISAITL
45224264
PATRICK KANE
47154358
AUSTON MATTHEWS
+1
43342256
MITCH MARNER
+1
47144156
BRAD MARCHAND
43243155
NATHAN MACKINNON
39173653
MARK STONE
45183553
SIDNEY CROSBY
+1
46193453
MARK SCHEIFELE
+1
46183553
ARTEMI PANARIN
36163652
MIKKO RANTANEN
43262652
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
48163349
JAKE GUENTZEL
47202848
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
+1
42202747
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
47143347
MAX PACIORETTY
44222446
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
46202545
ANZE KOPITAR
43103444
ALEX DEBRINCAT
43232144
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
LIVE
APRIL 22, 2021 G A PTS
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
1 - 1
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 - 1
SETH JONES
1 - 1
AUSTON MATTHEWS
1 - 1
MARK SCHEIFELE
1 - 1
WAYNE SIMMONDS
1 - 1
MATT TENNYSON
1 - 1
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
- 1 1
JESPER BOQVIST
- 1 1
ANDREW COPP
- 1 1
NIKITA GUSEV
- 1 1
JUSTIN HOLL
- 1 1
PATRIC HORNQVIST
- 1 1
PATRIK LAINE
- 1 1
MITCH MARNER
- 1 1
RYAN MURRAY
- 1 1
BRYAN RUST
- 1 1
JOHN TAVARES
- 1 1
SEBASTIAN AHO
- - -
WADE ALLISON
- - -
  COMPLETE RESULTS