Oilers lock up C Leon Draisaitl with eight-year, $68M extension

A month after locking up Connor McDavid with a record extension, the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday signed center Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year extension that will pay him an average of $8.5 million annually through 2024-25, the team announced.

The Oilers chose him in the first round (third overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, 3 to 4 teams have interest in Sheahan, including the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sheahan has done nothing this season to increase his value. He has no goals and nine assists in 58 games, which is the most games a Red Wings forward has played without a goal since Forbes Kennedy was goalless in his first 61 games in 1958-59, according to Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan.

While Sheahan hasn’t provided much of anything offensively this season, he’s still considered a valuable center that’s strong on the penalty kill and in the faceoff circle.

Draisaitl was attached to McDavid’s hip at even-strength last season: the German-born winger played a little over 57 percent of his five-on-five minutes with the Oilers captain, according to NaturalStattrick.com. But really where one can delineate a change is in Draisaitl’s numbers is with or without McDavid. Playing next to the face of the Oilers franchise last season, Draisaitl had a goals-for percentage of 59.42; without McDavid that number dipped to 44.19. Draisiatl’s Corsi-for percentage with McDavid was 53.85, versus 47.74 without him.

And there needs to be some context added to those numbers. McDavid is going to make whoever he plays with better, and to go from McDavid to say, Milan Lucic and Benoit Pouliot is a steep drop-off in quality of teammate. But it also begs the question as to if Draisaitl is worth the $8.5 million per he will now be paid if he’s not capable of driving play at a certain level when he’s not playing with the best player in the NHL.

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