Oilers’ Draisaitl Confident in Playoff Chances: “I Wouldn’t Want To Play Us”

If fans of the Edmonton Oilers had any reservations about how the team is feeling on their recent run of strong performances and heading into the final nine games of the regular season, Leon Draisaitl‘s comments should put to rest any concerns. The Oilers are feeling good about how they’re playing right now, to the point Draisaitl said, “I wouldn’t want to play us in the first round or in the playoffs in general.”

Draisaitl talked about the team’s overall improvement on defense and said of the game against Colorado, “that’s what we want to look like.” He hasn’t forgotten why the Oilers are considered a threat (their offensive ability) adding, “We know when we play our game and stick to what we’re good at, we’re a really hard team to beat.” Still, he stressed the importance of sticking to the details and doing the little things right.

Draisaitl’s words shouldn’t be taken as arrogant or overconfident, even if the team hasn’t seen a lot of playoff success while he’s been part of the roster. This is simply a player who feels like everything is coming together at the right time for his team and they feel good about their chances, knowing they can play with anyone. He’s likely speaking for the rest of the roster too, and that can only be seen as a positive.

The Oilers aren’t technically even guaranteed a spot in the playoffs or, should they make it, know who their opponent will be. Apparently, he’s not worried.

Author: Lucy Green