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Draisaitl lets critics know he can play without McDavid

Tim Tucker   ·   16 février 2020
With another three points Sunday, Leon Draisaitl now has 10 in four games since teammate Connor McDavid went down with an injury. He's playing like an MVP, he's aware of it and he's aware there are many out there who expected his team to fail without McDavid.

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"We're showing the hockey world ... that we're not a one-man team," said Draisaitl.

"According to a lot of people out there, I can't play on my own; I can only play with Connor," Draisaitl said, according to The Athletic's Daniel Nugent-Bowman.

Edmonton has won three out of four games since it was announced that McDavid would be out two-to-three weeks with a quad injury. The Oilers now have a one-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks for first place in the Pacific Division. Both teams have 23 games left on the season.

Draisaitl now has 95 points (34 goals, 61 assists) in 2019-20, 13 points ahead of David Pastrnak who's in second in that category. His 61 assists is also at the top in the NHL, seven ahead of Washington's John Carlson.

“We all did as a team. It’s not just me. It’s a team effort. All four games he’s been gone, we’ve played very solid, all-around hockey. That shows a lot of character," said Draisaitl after Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricane.



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What teams did Rod Langway play for in the NHL?
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