Insider Reveals the Future Plans for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl

Published July 27, 2023 at 3:45 PM
BY ELLIOT BEN JACOB
     
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A Fearsome NHL Duo: McDavid and Draisaitl



The NHL arguably has no pair more formidable than Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Their on-ice chemistry and combined skill make them a pairing to dread for any opposing team.

These two could choose to play their entire careers side by side, a prospect that fans would relish given their remarkable rapport and combined prowess.

However, there is a limiting factor if they wish to remain a duo.

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Edmonton Oilers: The Likely Home for McDavid and Draisaitl




NHL analyst Bob Stauffer shared his insights on this topic:

"I will say this, what happens, and there's a chance, I might insisit to you it's better than 50/50 that both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid sign long-term here. Do you think that shuts guys up forever if that happens?

One of the teams that I worried about for Leon was the Los Angeles Kings. Not after this summer, I'm not worried about L.A. anymore. They went and traded for Pierre-Luc Dubois, they did the Phillip Danault contract two years ago, and then they extended Anze Kopitar at a significant dollar amount. They're not going to be in the Draisaitl hunt in a year from now.

I'll tell you, there's one place where Connor and Leon can play together, where they've got the cap space to take them both. That's with the Edmonton Oilers, remember that."

Stauffer makes a compelling argument. Only the Oilers, it seems, have the fiscal capacity to accommodate the hefty salaries of both players.

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