NHL: Draisaitl focussed on playoff success

24 November 2021 19:38:07 GMTPlus11
Team glory comes before individual awards for the Oilers stars

Superstar forward Leon Draisaitl says individual awards are something to be proud of but will mean very little if the Edmonton Oilers fail to have success in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Oilers, 33/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, sit second in the Pacific Division after going 13-5-0 to start the season.

Personal gongs flowing

The 26-year-old Draisaitl leads the NHL for goals (18) and points (36) with teammate Connor McDavid second for points (32) and first for assists (20).

McDavid topped the NHL for points last season with 105 (33 goals, 72 assists) in 56 regular season games, and Draisaitl was the leader in 2019/20, when he scored 110 (43 goals, 67 assists) in 71 regular season games.

Along with the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top point scorer, Draisaitl and McDavid have also each been awarded the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association.

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Team aims take preference

However, despite their individual regular season accomplishments, the Oilers have been eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past two seasons, something the pair are committed to putting right.

Draisaitl said to the media: "We're all here to win. Individual stats, individual awards, I've been there, I've done that. I'm very proud of it, but that's not why I'm here.

"And that's not why [Connor McDavid is] here. That's why nobody's here. We all want to win."

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