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Oilers sign draft pick Leon Draisaitl to three-year contract

Leon Draisaitl poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the No. 3 overall pick...

Leon Draisaitl poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the No. 3 overall pick to the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia on June 27, 2014. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

EDMONTON - Leon Draisaitl has taken another step on the road to becoming an NHL player.

On Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers announced they had come to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Draisaitl. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“It’s really exciting. First of all, I want to thank (owner) Daryl Katz and (general manager) Craig MacTavish and all the other people that are part of the Oilers organization for giving me this opportunity and making this happen,” Draisaitl said. “It’s really exciting for me and my family, for sure.”

The third-overall pick in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft, Draisaitl is expected to challenge for a roster spot this season. The Oilers have a spot available on their second line, which they hope the 18-year-old German is able to fill. He will be given every opportunity to crack the roster.

Draisaitl had 38 goals and 67 assists in 64 games for the Prince Albert Raiders last season.


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