June 13, 2024

Leon Draisaitl Contract, Leon Draisaitl Cap Hit, Salary and Stats |  PuckpediaToronto, Ontario – In the redesigned competition this season, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are expected to display some of their skills at Scotiabank Arena. The NHL has released the player assignments for the 2024 All-Star Skills Competition this Friday night.

After missing out on the competition during last year’s All-Star Weekend in Sunrise, Florida, McDavid, the three-time winner of the NHL’s Fastest Skater competition in 2017, 2018, and 2019, will try to reclaim the title against William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks, Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche, and Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders.

The Oilers captain has recorded 240 speed bursts exceeding 32 kmph and has attained a high speed of 38.07 kmph this season, both of which are in the 99th percentile of the NHL, according to NHL EDGE Puck and Player Tracking Data.

Along with fellow Oilers player Draisaitl, who took first place in both events in 2019, the captain will also take part in the Passing Challenge and Stick Handling.

The German sensation qualified for All-Star Weekend for the fifth time in his career by finishing among the top five vote-getters in the NHL All-Star Fan Vote. This year, Draisaitl, one of the NHL’s best players in each discipline, will compete in the Passing Challenge, One Timers, and Stick Handling events.

Throughout his career, Draisaitl has established himself as one of the NHL’s top passers, particularly when passing from the backhand, and he boasts one of the league’s most deadly one-timers from his usual place in the right circle.

The 28-year-old has scored 23 goals this season (95th percentile) and has a shooting percentage of 18.3 percent (96th percentile), with the majority of his goals coming from the right side of the opponent’s zone when on a power play.

This season, NHL All-Star Skills will have a completely new format. Twelve players will compete in four of the first six events to earn points, with the goal of moving on to the One-on-One and Obstacle Course to compete for a chance to win a $1 million (USD) individual award.

Before Saturday’s NHL All-Star Game, the event will take place on Sportsnet on Friday, February 2 at 5:00 p.m. MT.

 

 

 

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