Sports More than just Draisaitl: Grubauer and Youngster in NHL Focus

13:35  11 october  2021
13:35  11 october  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Leon Draisaitl only knows one goal. In the new NHL season beginning on Tuesday (local time), the German world-class ice hockey striker with the Edmonton Oilers finally wants to fight seriously around the Stanley Cup.

Deutschlands Eishockey-Aushängeschild in der NHL: Leon Draisaitl. © David Kirouac / CSM Via Zuma Wire / DPA Germany's ice hockey figurehead in NHL: Leon Draisaitl.

"We now have the team for that. Our goal must be to play at the top, "said DE 25 years old Cologne before the start of the season's best league in the world.

Much is approximately again as much as it used to. The teams play back in their usual divisions, the fans are allowed to travel back to the Arenas and the Canadian teams in the US and vice versa. "We are all looking forward to more normality. With the spectators, it's a completely different feeling here in the arena, "Draisaitl said one of the few moments in which something like emotions in his face are visible. Otherwise, Germany's "Sportsman of the Year" 2020 is currently more focused than usual.

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"Now it is up to us»

EDMONTON came either in recent years, either did not come into the playoffs or right away. "I believe that now our time has come. Now it's up to us, "said Draisaitl. In 2019/2020 he was the first German professional at all to the most valuable player of the NHL. His personal balance and the Oilers Captain Connor McDavid, which is considered the best player in the world, seeks LIGAW of its kind.

The problem of Oilers has so far been that the rest of the team was at best average. "I believe that we have the deepest team since 2017. Especially with the storms, we should now have more quality, "Draisaitl, whose greatest dream remains the NHL championship.

Grubauer succeeds in breakthrough

The Philipp Grubauer has long reached: In 2018, as a substitutekeeper of Washington Capitals, he punched the most coveted trophy of the world ice hockey. Since then, the rather introverted rosenheimer the personal breakthrough succeeded in the world class. In Colorado, he became a regularkeeper and now received an average NHL team Seattle Kraken with an average six-year contract with an average of almost six million US dollars as a number one.

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"The city is so hot on the ice hockey - that's madness," said Grubauer, who is "proud of it" to write NHL story with the 32nd team of the league. Together with Draisaitl, Grubauer should definitely belong to the German Olympic team for the winter games in Beijing in February. This also applies to defenders Moritz Seider, who goes with the Detroit Red Wings in his first NHL season and is already traded as a high-highest newly rewing (rookie).

Seider: "Ready for the NHL"

"I'm ready for the NHL," said the self-confident and for his 20 years very mature silk. The defender is representative of the German generational change. The previous guards rather average NHL players behind Draisaitl and Grubauer moves gradually. Korbinian Holzer has not been defending since 2020 in North America and since this season again in Germany for Mannheim. Tobias Rieder is back on team search after a failed try-out in Anaheim. Even for an ambitious expert as Dominik Kahun was no longer room. The 2018 Olympic winner is currently storming for the SC Bern.

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players such as Seider or Tim Support (19), who already made the jump to the Ottawa Senators last season, is admitted to the world class. In 2019, the NHL teams are trying to secure the rights on the emerging silk. Detroit finally reached as a sixth team. In the past season, the defense jewel at Rögle BK matured and was immediately defendered in the strong Swedish league. He even received this award at World Level at the World Cup.

of self-confident support

Supporte again stunned once with the statement "better than Draisaitl". At the draft - the NHL rights allotment to the best talents of a vintage - Ottawa 2020 handed as a third team. The only German, which was previously already drawn to third position, was Draisaitl. "For the German ice hockey, that's great. This shows that we start in Germany to make better work. We are now constantly good players in the NHL, "he said now. "The goal must be to bring out two guys continuously a year."

Jason Robertson, Blake Comeau not expected to face Columbus on Monday .
Both have been out since the start of the season with upper-body injuries, and while they both skated with the Stars at practice on Sunday, they evidently haven’t been cleared to play just yet. Comeau is currently on IR but has been out long enough to be activated whenever he’s able to return. Dallas has an extra roster spot available right now, so no roster move will be needed at that time. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Blake Comeau (15) is currently on IR but has been out long enough to be activated whenever he's able to return.

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