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Oilers, Draisaitl agree to eight-year deal

Oilers, Draisaitl agree to eight-year deal Dinur/via Flickr


Center locked up for next eight seasons

The Edmonton Oilers and Leon Draisaitl have agreed to an eight-year deal Tuesday. The deal is worth $68 million ($8.5 million AAV), making him the second-highest paid player on the team. He was a key cog in the Oilers’ first playoff appearance in 11 seasons.

The 2016-2017 season was a banner year for the restricted free agent. He was second on the team in points with 77nand lead the team, along with Connor McDavid, during the regular season in power play points with 27. He also broke the record for most points by a German-born player, set by Marco Sturm in 2006.

Draisaitl’s successes did not end in the regular season. He lead the Oilers in playoff points with 16 in 13 games, six of those on the power play.

With the new contract, the Oilers have 28% of their salary cap next season tied into Draisaitl and McDavid. The Oilers alleviated their cap situation when they traded Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders during the summer.