Edmonton Oilers: Leon Draisaitl Signs 8 Year $68 Million Deal

Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl has signed an eight-year extension

Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl has signed an eight-year extension

Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl has signed an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $8.5 million, the team announced Wednesday.

He added another 16 points during Edmonton's first playoff run in more than a decade - separated, eventually, from the precocious Oilers captain.

He finished as the Oilers leading playoff scorer, besting McDavid (nine points), who was mostly thwarted in a matchup with American center Ryan Kesler.

The 2016-2017 season was a banner year for the restricted free agent.

Last season with the Oilers, Draisaitl broke out with 29 goals and 48 points in 82 games. If the Oilers want the flexibility of moving Draisaitl between center and wing, Nugent-Hopkins may not be going anywhere.

The Oilers chose him in the first round (third overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. Draisaitl will carry the biggest cap hit on Edmonton's roster next year, but he'll be passed by Connor McDavid's $12.5 million cap hit two years from now.

As a restricted free agent, Leon Draisaitl only had so much say regarding his future with the Edmonton Oilers, especially since teams rarely send offer sheets around in the National Hockey League. Draisaitl along with Connor McDavid would form a potent one-two punch for nearly a decade if the deal was right.

"It's interesting, there will be a lot of talk about separating those two now", McLellan said after Draisaitl's Game 6 before the Oilers fell to the Ducks in Game 7. Instead, the promising young forward explained that he believes that the Oilers have a bright future, and he wants to be a part of it.