The most dangerous weapon in the NHL?
Somewhere high on the list, up there with Alex Ovechkin and Auston Matthew’s snipes and Connor McDavid’s array of dangerous moves, shots and passes, is Leon Draisaitl’s one-timer.
The Executioner Shot, I call it.
Why? Because Draisaitl’s big-bladed stick slashes through the air towards the goalie like the scythe of the Grim Reaper.
In the last two years, Draisaitl has scored 74 goals in total, more than half of them, 39, coming by way of his Executioner’s Shot.
When he unleashed his deadly one-timer on 111 Grade A chance shots these past two seasons, he scored 35 per cent of the time.
On all his other 275 shots on net the past two years, he’s scored just 12.7 per cent of the time.
In Edmonton’s coming playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets, finding a way to free Draisaitl to launch his lethal shot will be a priority for the Oilers, and it could well be facilitated by Draisaitl moving to a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Kailer Yamamoto.