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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2023-24 preview: Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl

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Photo credit:Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
6 months ago
Welcome to the 2022-23 season review and 2023-24 season preview player-by-player! In this and other articles, we’ll be, well, reviewing the 2022-23 season of Edmonton Oilers players and previewing their 2023-24 season. You can read about the analytics behind my analysis here.
Welcome back to the dynamic duo.
Connor McDavid
5×5NHL GPTOI + TOI/GPG – A – PCFCACF%SCFSCASCF%GFGAGF%xGFxGAxGF%PDO
Individual821308.2727-32-591404118654.2181459257.89756254.7476.2255.9557.671.01
Per/6015.951.61-0.80-2.4164.3954.3937.3327.153.442.843.52.57
Per/60, RelTm%9.72.2839.310.26.920.80.432.490.820.026.43
Leon Draisaitl
5×5NHL GPTOI + TOI/GPG – A – PCFCACF%SCFSCASCF%GFGAGF%xGFxGAxGF%PDO
Individual801269.7234-17-511278117352.1470661353.53747051.3966.6560.0152.621.00
Per/6015.871.63-0.74-2.3760.3955.4333.3628.973.53.313.152.84
Per/60, RelTm%3.763.77-0.153.382.670.250.911.09-2.490.290.4-1.3
As if there was ever any other way to look at both of their success’ than a combined review article. 
It doesn’t need to be said anymore, but Connor McDavid and Leon Drasiatl are two of, if not the, best hockey players in the world. We saw McDavid take his game to another level this past season, smashing through the 60-goal plateau, and that’s a number his for the taking once again. His offensive game continues to grow with every passing year, and much of the same can be said for Leon Draisaitl, who posted a career-high in points last season, smashing his prior high.
But what’s becoming more and more apparent from both players is their commitment to a well-rounded game. As their impact charts above show, both players are well above elite first-line talents and have seen growth in their defensive play. For McDavid, the corner turned seasons ago, but for Draisaitl, last year marked a significant increase in his defensive impact. 
The chart and underlying numbers undervalue some of what he does, at least in my eyes. For example, there’s a significant discretion between Draisaitl’s goals against per hour and his expected goal against per hour numbers, suggesting he’s found himself — at least statistically — on the short end of the stick. Nonetheless, it’s still a significant improvement over where he has been in the past.
This year, expect much more of the same from these two. McDavid shouldn’t have any issue scoring 60 again this year, and in Draisaitl’s case, a 130+ point season is well within his grasp. 

DRAISAITL’S CAREER SO FAR

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2012-13Prince Albert RaidersWHL64213758222240440
2013-14Prince Albert RaidersWHL64386710524741234
2014-15Edmonton OilersNHL372794-17
2014-15Kelowna RocketsWHL3219345325141910182812
2015-16Bakersfield CondorsAHL61124-5
2015-16Edmonton OilersNHL7219325120-2
2016-17Edmonton OilersNHL82294877207136101619
2017-18Edmonton OilersNHL7825457030-7
2018-19Edmonton OilersNHL825055105522
2019-20Edmonton OilersNHL71436711018-743360
2020-21Edmonton OilersNHL56315384222942352
2021-22Edmonton OilersNHL805555110401716725326
2022-23Edmonton OilersNHL805276128247121351810
NHL Totals
6383064387442304931467737

McDAVID’S CAREER SO FAR

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2012-13Erie OttersOHL6325416636-24
2013-14Erie OttersOHL56287199204714415192
2014-15Erie OttersOHL47447612048602021284912
2015-16Edmonton OilersNHL4516324818-1
2016-17Edmonton OilersNHL8230701002627135492
2017-18Edmonton OilersNHL8241671082620
2018-19Edmonton OilersNHL784175116203
2019-20Edmonton OilersNHL6434639728-645492
2020-21Edmonton OilersNHL563372105202141340
2021-22Edmonton OilersNHL80447912345281610233310
2022-23Edmonton OilersNHL826489153362212812200
NHL Totals
5693035478502194929467514

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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