FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers have signed center Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $8.5 million. The extension runs through the 2024-25 season, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The two biggest cornerstones of the emerging Edmonton Oilers franchise are now locked up for the long haul.
Six weeks after extending Connor McDavid for eight years and $100 million, the Oilers signed 21-year-old Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract with a sizable annual cap hit of $8.5 million. Paired primarily with McDavid, Draisaitl posted a career-best 77 points last season - eighth best in the NHL.
He added another 16 points during Edmonton's first playoff run in more than a decade - separated, eventually, from the precocious Oilers captain.