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The legend of Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl's power-play prowess grows with every recreation

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Whereas Leon Draisaitl wants a telescope to achieve Alex Ovechkin’s all-time finest 299 power-play objectives (who doesn’t?), he’s sixth finest amongst energetic gamers together with his 128, behind Ovie, Steve Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin, Joe Pavelski, Sidney Crosby and John Tavares.

That’s a feat. They usually’ve all performed 1,000 video games or extra. He’s performed 641.

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Draisaitl, who whipped previous Glenn Anderson and Ryan Smyth’s 126 together with his two objectives in Nashville, is the No. 1 Oilers power-play man of all-time and he’s clearly performed far fewer video games than Smyth’s 971 and Anderson’s 845.

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In fact, everyone knows the story of Anderson driving over Smyth’s foot in Banff on the 1987 Canada Cup coaching camp when Smyth was a 10-year-old stick-boy. He was tying up his shoe by the wheel of Anderson’s automotive when he put it in reverse and drove over Smyth’s ankle, then drove the child to the hospital.

Inextricably linked then and with their power-play totals till Draisaitl.

Smyth was the king of parking himself in entrance of the online with that all-wood stick, straight blade, heavy as a crossbar. Ideas, pouncing on pucks. Anderson was a drive-to-the-net man, all swash-buckle. Now, Draisaitl, with that large shot and paddle, is the Oilers greatest power-play wheel.

Amongst present gamers, Tampa captain Steve Stamkos’s 195 PP objectives have are available in 1,005 video games. Malkin’s 173 in 1,066, Pavelski’s 165 in 1,252 video games, Crosby’s 164 in 1,193 and Tavares’s 134 in 1,032.

Prime 5 all-time, energetic or not

Ovechkin 299
Dave Andreychuk 274
Brett Hull 265
Teemu Selanne 255
Luc Robitaille 247

Energy-play objectives are a novel expertise. Draisaitl is on par with the mastodon Tim Kerr, who had 370 objectives and 149 on the PP earlier than shoulder issues KO’d the terrific Philadelphia Flyers’ ahead. That’s 40 % of his ultimate whole, in 655 video games.

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Draisaitl has 128 PP objectives amongst his 310 whole in these 641 video games.

That’s 41 %.

Kerr was a grasp deflector of rubber and wolfed up rebounds.

Draisaitl is a one-shot dagger on the facility play, from any angle.

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DROP THEM MITTS

Seattle Kraken ahead Jordan Eberle by no means had a struggle as an Oilers winger in his seven seasons right here however he acquired into his third within the final 5 years Tuesday when Colorado Avalanche’s Logan O’Connor wished payback for Eberle’s playoff hit on former Oilers teammate Andrew Cogliano final spring. Cogliano suffered a damaged neck.

Eberle fought Flyers’ Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton when he was with the New York Islanders however hadn’t dropped the mitts in 4 years.

Now simply 56 video games from 1,000 in his NHL profession, Eberle reached out to Cogliano to apologize after the reckless verify however he is aware of the NHL pound of flesh code.

“Once you’re requested to go, you go. It was a troublesome hit in a troublesome scenario,” Eberle advised reporters in Seattle after the final yr’s shock Kraken fell to 0-3-1.

Cale Makar didn’t struggle Seattle’s Jared McCann Tuesday nevertheless after the Avs’ defenceman acquired suspended for a recreation for his playoff wallop on the 40-goal scorer. There was some jawing, however no gloves dropped. Makar has by no means had an NHL scrap.

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HURRY UP AND WAIT

Sam Gagner hasn’t joined the farm staff in Bakersfield but. He can’t go there on the identical 25-game PTO as defenceman Jason Demers was on in the course of the 2022-23 season as a result of Demers had both a inexperienced card or twin citizenship whereas Gagner doesn’t.

He’ll doubtless want an NHL/AHL contract to play there.

Demers acquired a one-game call-up for a street tilt in San Jose final April to get to his 700thNHL recreation earlier than retiring on the finish of the season,

Gagner wants a piece visa to play within the U.S.

“Nonetheless ready,” stated the 34-year-old ahead, who performed 4 video games for the AHL Condors in the course of the 2019-2020 season with 4 factors.

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