The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince Albert Raiders’ forward Leon Draisaitl is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 1, 2013.
Draisaitl scored four goals and added three assists for seven points along with a +3 rating in two games this past week, leading the Raiders to a pair of victories in that span.
On Friday, November 29th, Draisaitl scored the game-tying goal and game-winning goal in overtime while adding an assist and being named the game’s 1st Star in a 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Pats in Regina, SK. On Saturday, November 30th, Draisaitl scored twice and set up two more, including the tying goal at 19:48 of the third period and the game-winner just 18 seconds into overtime, and earned 2nd Star honors in a 5-4 victory over the Wheat Kings in Brandon, MB.
Draisaitl, an 18-year-old from Cologne, Germany, is in his second season in the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders. He currently leads the Raiders and sits tied for fifth in WHL scoring with 42 points on 15 goals and 27 assists through 28 games. A top-ranked prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft, Draisaitl has amassed 36 goals and 100 points in 92 career regular-season contests. Draisaitl was selected by the Raiders with the second overall pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.
The WHL has also nominated Chris Driedger of the Calgary Hitmen for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. A 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, Driedger posted a 2-0 record in two starts on the weekend, allowing just two goals on 78 shots for a 1.00 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage in that span. On Friday, November 29th, Driedger stopped 37 of 38 shots to backstop the Hitmen to a 3-1 win in Swift Current, SK, over the East Division-leading Broncos. On Sunday, December 1st, Driedger made 39 saves on 40 shots while earning 2nd Star honors as the Hitmen skated to a 4-1 win over the Central Division-leading Medicine Hat Tigers in Calgary, AB. Driedger, an Ottawa Senators prospect, is in his fourth WHL season, and third campaign with the Calgary Hitmen. He was selected by the Tri-City Americans in the fourth round, 80th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Matt Pufahl, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Julius Honka, Swift Current Broncos