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Leon Draisaitl, Top German on the Ice and in Our Hearts

I don’t think I have to tell you guys how much I love Leon Draisaitl. I’m literally the guy that’s been trying to crowbar the Big Sexy nickname into the Nation’s vernacular since the day I found out just how big and sexy he is but that’s not why we’re here. Sexiness aside, Leon Draisaitl’s three point performance against the Bruins in last night’s game brought his season total up to 61 points, a mark that no German NHLer had ever hit before. 

Isn’t it funny how there were narratives last year that Leon Draisaitl wouldn’t be able to produce without Taylor Hall? The pessimists will still probably complain that Drai went from playing with Taylor to Connor, but I would argue that Leon almost does as much for Connor as Connor does for him. Leon takes some of the pressure off and, most impressively, he seems to think the game in a similar way to McDavid. Together, they form a dynamic duo the likes of which this city hasn’t seen in decades.

Say what you will about Draisaitl belonging at the centre position, that’s an argument we can have another day, but you can’t deny that the tripod he’s formed with Captain McDavid and Patty Maroon has become one of the most dangerous lines in the NHL. How many nights have we watched this trio pick apart the opposition and leave them in a wake of despair. For Draisaitl, that path of destruction has led to putting up the greatest single season by any German player to play in the NHL.

Up until last night, Marco Sturm held the record with the 59 points he registered while playing for both the Sharks and Bruins in 2005-06. What makes Draisaitl’s record breaking year even more impressive is the fact that he still has another 12 games left to play so we’ll have to wait to see how far he can take this run he’s on. Is it unrealistic to think that Draisaitl might be able to hit 75 points with 12 games left? I don’t think so.

Regardless of how he finishes, I wanted to take a few minutes to give Draisaitl a shout out for an amazing achievement that he should be proud to have accomplished. In his interview with Gene Principe following the game, Draisaitl said he was honoured to have surpassed Sturm for the highest points total by a German NHLer in a single season but he was too respectful to brag about it. Luckily, I’m here to do it for him. Atta be, Leon.

SHUT UP ABOUT DANY HEATLEY

Before someone in the comments section lights me up for forgetting about Dany Heatley I didn’t forget about him. Yes, Heatley was born in Germany but he moved to Canada after his dad retired from pro hockey when he was a toddler. I’m not counting it and I don’t care what you guys say. The fact of the matter is that Heatley never once represented Germany at any level and that disqualifies him from my list. Am I making my own rules? No. I’m right and you all know it. #DraiForever

YEAH BUT WHAT ABOUT WALT TKACZUK?

He moved to Canada when he was two years old. Again, Leon wins. End of story.