Leon Draisaitl will start the season centering the second line for Edmonton, according to the Oilers web site.
Draisaitl will start the season centering the second line for Edmonton, the team's official site reports.
The Oilers always wanted Draisaitl to make the team, as they believe he has the size and skill to play in the NHL right now. Perhaps just as importantly, though, they have a need for a second-line center after trading away Sam Gagner during the offseason. He apparently performed well enough in the preseason to earn the appointment, but if he struggles in the early stages of the regular season, a demotion could be in store.