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Oilers ink Draisaitl to monster eight-year, $68 million deal

Edmonton Oilers v Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 25: Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his second period goal against John Gibson #36 of the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on January 25, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Edmonton Oilers have locked up their cornerstone players for the foreseeable future.

They didn’t come cheap.

Just weeks after signing Connor McDavid to a eight-year, $100 million deal, the Oilers signed fellow forward Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year, $68 million deal. The contract carries a $8.5M average annual cap hit and, combined with McDavid’s $12.5M, will now cost the Oilers $21M annually through 2025.

McDavid certainly warranted his payday. The same can be said of Draisaitl.

The 21-year-old just wrapped his three-year, entry-level deal, and couldn’t have done so in finer fashion. Draisaitl enjoyed a terrific season, platooning between the second-line center position and the wing alongside McDavid, and finished with 29 goals and 77 points.

Then, the playoffs happened.

Draisaitl had a terrific postseason, racking up six goals and 16 points in 13 games. At the time of elimination he was sitting second among all scorers -- trailing only Evgeni Malkin -- and was downright brilliant in Edmonton’s seven-game loss to Anaheim, finishing with 13 points.

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