by Jeff Hubert
April 1, 2014, CALGARY, AB. (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders is the WHL Player of the Month for March, 2014.
Draisaitl, an 18-year-old from Cologne, Germany, recorded nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points to go with a +12 rating in eight regular-season games in March, helping the Raiders post a 6-2-0-0 record in that span. Draisaitl, a 6’1”, 209-lb center, recorded at least one point in seven of eight games, and picked up multiple points in six games including three four-point outings. He scored in seven games, netting multiple goals in two contests while also tallying three game-winning markers. During the month of March, Draisaitl led all WHL players in assists and points, and tied for the lead in goals and plus-minus. Draisaitl’s prolific March enabled him to finish tied for fourth in WHL scoring with 105 points.
His outstanding play in March saw Draisaitl selected among the 3 Stars on five occasions, including three 1st Star nods and two 2nd Star selections. Additionally, Draisaitl recorded a pair of assists in a 5-3 road victory over the Red Deer Rebels in a sudden-death tiebreaker game on March 18th which clinched the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference for the Raiders.
Selected in the first round, second overall, in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, Draisaitl completed his second season in the WHL with the Raiders. He has accumulated 59 goals and 163 points along with a +29 rating in 128 career regular-season games for Prince Albert. Named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star team, Draisaitl is considered a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Draisaitl’s accomplishments make him a deserving choice as the WHL Player of the Month for March.
2013-14 WHL Player of the Month
March: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
February: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
January: Todd Fiddler, Prince George Cougars
December: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets
November: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
September/October: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs