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Rumor sees Leon Draisaitl on his way to California hockey team

Published May 16, 2024 at 7:57

Greg Wyshynski dropped a bombshell, suggesting that Leon Draisaitl might ditch the Edmonton Oilers and sign with the San Jose Sharks once his contract is up.

Draisaitl's got just one year left on his deal with the Oilers, at $8.5 million so he's set to hit free agency before the 2025-26 season kicks off. The Sharks are looking to bolster their roster, with some hot prospects like Will Smith and Macklin Celebrini on deck to join the squad next year.

Jeff mentioned that there is an «opportunity» and that it has been SPECULATED on by the hockey industry for at least a year maybe longer.

Greg listed off some reasons as to why maybe Draisaitl would consider:

Emerging market, great young players. They will obviously compensate him.

Sharks owner, Hasso Platner, is German, just like Draisaitl. So, there's already a bit of a connection brewing there. If they manage to seal the deal, Celebrini, Draisaitl, Smith, Eklund, Musty, and Zetterlund will be the hottest ticket in California.

Yes, the Sharks still have some holes to fill, especially on defense and in goal. They were the worst team in the NHL this year and just fired head coach David Quinn. Yet snagging a superstar like Draisaitl could be a game-changer. And with their own young guns coming up through the ranks, San Jose could become a hotbed for free agents to join a budding team.

For the Sharks, it'd be a dream come true. But for the Oilers, it would be a nightmare.
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Rumor sees Leon Draisaitl on his way to California hockey team

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