German football's poster boy: MVP-candidate Draisaitl in the footsteps of Nowitzki

Leon Draisaitl is currently a man in demand. The 24-year-old from Cologne won the first German professional hockey, the scorer standings in the NHL, for a few d

German football's poster boy: MVP-candidate Draisaitl in the footsteps of Nowitzki

Leon Draisaitl is currently a man in demand. The 24-year-old from Cologne won the first German professional hockey, the scorer standings in the NHL, for a few days, he is also one of the three candidates for the award as the outstanding player of the season. It would also be a first for a German national player and provides a large number of interview requests.

What emotions one has, when one learns to be one of three remaining candidates for the award as the outstanding player of the season and the Ted Lindsay Award win?

Leon Draisaitl: You will be happy, of course, no question. It is a great honor to be the players in the whole League for it to be nominated. I am in a certain way also very proud.

Draisaitl on his role as a German hockey-flagship

What would the title mean to you personally?

Draisaitl: This is the biggest trophy one can win by his fellow players and opponents. As a MVP to be elected, this is the most Special. The would say all of the players. Let's see what's comes of it. Reuters/Mark Humphrey/AP/dpa Plays a previously outstanding NHL season: Leon Draisaitl

your role as a figurehead of the German hockey has solidified in the past few weeks, again solid. How hard is it to use this role and the associated interest?

Draisaitl: Exhausting this is. It is a great honor for me to be seen by the media or whomever. Of course, I would like to bring more people and children to play hockey in Germany, and perhaps to be a flagship for the, no question. But the pressure I feel is not necessarily.

After four months of break: What is it in the short time up to the first game now?

Draisaitl: to get The rhythm back. The System to get back into the game as a Team. This is not easy, no question. But each team sits in the same boat. Who is best prepared and best of all, this Challenge is accepted, the Team will largely be the most successful.

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How is the feeling on the ice at the time?

Draisaitl: After the first few days and the man is obviously a bit broken and feel it in the bones. But that is getting better day by day. Reuters/Mark Humphrey/AP/dpa Leon Draisaitl (l) of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates in March 2020 with his team-mate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins about his a hit

they play very physically: How realistic is it that you can reach your level again immediately?

Draisaitl: This is relatively unrealistic for any player, no matter who it is. In hockey, you need usually a couple of weeks to get back to. By the three, four months break, it will take a while to get into the rhythm and to get this normality back. We sit all in the same boat.

the physical or the mental challenge Is greater, to be in the first game there?

Draisaitl: Both, I think. Physically, you try to prepare as good as possible, but still will play a lot in the head. Anyone who accepts all the conditions without being frustrated, it will fall at the simplest, a normal rhythm in it.

Draisaitl is expecting Surprises at the end of the season

What could mark a frustration?

Draisaitl: The family is not I see you for what knows how long, in a Hotel for months - that kind of stuff. I don't think this is quite so easy for many boys and many families. Who is the best hide can be for a certain period of time, for the is the easiest.

How much will it weigh, is that the Oilers as a Team are familiar with the hall in Edmonton? Is that an advantage?

Draisaitl: Each workout is there, because no Team has an advantage. It is up to each Team goes in exactly the same manner. (...) We know the ice and the hall, but that was about it. Since no one has an advantage. AFP/GETTY IMAGES/SID/Harry How, Leon Draisaitl, the Edmonton Oilers hunting for goals

What expectations do you have with the Oilers for this special end of the season?

Draisaitl: Every Team now has a Chance to win the Stanley Cup. We want to be at the end of this Team. We need to prepare.

Teams had to struggle in March, with injuries to now have all players on Board, in the Flow, no one is now for the first time: How big is the Chance for Surprises?

Draisaitl: There will certainly be Surprises, but these are the best 24 Teams because it can beat in the NHL, every Team, every Team. I don't know if I would call it necessarily a Surprise.

do you Feel as a player with the concept of Hygiene adequately protected, or there are areas which are not like them?

Draisaitl: That's all super. The rules are very clear, up until now, everyone feels, I think, very safe.

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basically, how big is your fear of Corona is?

Draisaitl: of Course, you have to take very, very seriously, no question. This is a very serious issue, a very serious Virus. Of course I'll try, so many places to avoid as many people as possible. And to make it as safe as possible in everyday life. Until now it works quite well.

Olympia is a special topic. How great the joy was, that the NHL pros, 2022, and 2026 may be?

Draisaitl: is Huge. No Question About It. Olympic is very special for any athlete. I am very much looking forward to hopefully be in the Olympics.

There is still something, but how do you estimate the level of Germany?

Draisaitl: I think we have very, very good work in the last few years, and I hope that we will have a strong Team together.

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Updated Date: 21 July 2020, 11:27

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