Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has etched his name into the NHL record books with his stellar playoff performance this season. In just seven games played, Draisaitl has tallied an incredible 11 goals and 4 assists, totaling 15 points and earning a +5 rating. His offensive prowess was on full display in the Oilers’ game 1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, where he singlehandedly scored all four of Edmonton’s goals in a 6-4 defeat.
With this feat, Draisaitl becomes only the fifth player in NHL history to score 10 goals within the first seven games of a single postseason. This accomplishment places him among the league’s all-time greats and cements his status as one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the game today. This also puts him #1 in goals scored in the first 7 games of a post season in Oilers history, beating out Wayne Gretzky (1983) 9, Mark Messier (1983) 9.
Draisaitl’s playoff goal-scoring dominance doesn’t end there. He now ranks second in NHL history for the highest career goals per game average in the playoffs. Throughout his career, Draisaitl has averaged an impressive 0.66 goals per game, netting 29 goals in 44 playoff appearances. The only player with a higher average is the legendary Mario Lemieux, who managed a remarkable 0.71 goals per game over the course of his 107-game playoff career, scoring 76 goals in total.
Leon Draisaitl’s ability to turn on another level in playoffs has been amazing to watch, even with the Game 1 win, the Golden Knights are going to have to try and find a way to at least slow down Draisaitl if they want to win this series. From the Oilers perspective, the Oilers need to do much more when Draisaitl is not on the ice.