Video of Day: Draisaitl’s wizardry sets up Hall goal


Part of what makes hockey special is the remarkable vision some players have. In the second Video of Day installment, Oilers center Leon Draisaitl with already a Play of The Year candidate. On a rush, he has enough wizardry to make a no look feed for a trailing Taylor Hall for a highlight reel goal.

Even better, it came with a defender on him and was of the backhand variety from behind the net. Simply amazing. Draisaitl sure has made the most of his second chance which poetically came when top pick Connor McDavid went down with a broken clavicle. At the time, Draisaitl was upset for being sent down. All he’s done is produce on the top line with Hall and Teddy Purcell. He now has nine goals and 23 assists in 30 games. And Hall is having a monster season with 16 goals and 25 helpers.

Wait till McDavid returns. The fun is just beginning.

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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