Many times during the past few years, Evgeni Malkin has upped his level of play when Sidney Crosby fell in battle with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Currently with the Edmonton Oilers, it is hoped that Leon Draisaitl will be able to do the same in the absence of Connor McDavid.
“You have seen how this happens in Pittsburgh. When one (Malkin or Crosby) is absent, the other is getting more attention, said the head coach of the Oilers, Dave Tippett, to the network Sportsnet. This is a big challenge for Leon. It is really determined this time and he wants to meet this challenge. He wants to ensure that we continue to move forward and that we continue to get points.”
“I’m not a coach. I do not really pay attention to the opponents that we oppose and that sort of thing, has expressed the skater German. I think that if you play the right way, that is to say, with ardor and constancy, you can then be on the ice against anybody.”
Since the announcement of a lack of McDavid for a period of two to three weeks, the formation of the province of Alberta has played a meeting. During the game against the Chicago black hawks, Draisailt has amassed a goal and three assists in a win of 5 to 3.
Now all that remains is to see if it will repeat its feats and make a Malkin of him.