Leon Draisaitl Bio: Early Life, NHL, Girlfriend & Net Worth

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Leon Tim Draisaitl is a German professional ice hockey center for the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL.

His father, Peter Draisaitl, played ice hockey and appeared in three Winter Olympics with the German national team.

Draisaitl was drafted in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

He suffered an injury due to which he missed few games in 2018.

He won the Arts Ross Trophy in 2020, delivered to the only player who leads the league in points at the end of the regular season.

Leon Draisaitl (Source: Pinterest)
Leon Draisaitl (Source: Pinterest)

Recently, Leon has made headlines, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award as an MVP in 2020. Leon definitely got a different story to tell.

Draisaitl with the Oilers advanced in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs beyond the first round for second time in 2022.

In this article, we will focus on all his facts and details but first, let’s take a smart sneak peek into the basic quick facts about ice hockey forward.

Quick Facts

Full Name Leon Draisaitl
Birth Date 27 October 1995 
Birth Place Cologne, Germany
Nick Name The German Gretzky
Religion Not Known
Nationality German
Ethnicity German
Education Not Disclosed
Horoscope Scorpio
Father’s Name Peter Draisaitl
Mother’s Name Sandra Draisaitl
Siblings Kim Drasaitl
Age 28 Years Old
Height 6’2″/188 cm/1.88 m
Weight 208 lb/94 kg
Shoots Left
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Hazel
NHL draft 3rd pick, 2014, Edmonton Oilers
Build Athlete
Marital Status Single
Girlfriend Celeste Desjardins
Position Center/ Left Swing
Profession Ice Hockey Player
Net Worth $68 Million
Salary $8.5 million
Currently Plays For Edmonton Oilers
Jersey number #29 (Edmonton Oilers)
League NHL
Active Since 2014-Present
Social Media Instagram 
Merch Funkopop, Jersey
Last Update June, 2024

Early Life, Family & Ethnicity

Leon Draisaitl was born on October 27, 1995, to his parents, Peter and Sandra Draisaitl, in Cologne, Germany. 

He grew up along with his younger sister Kim Drasaitl. He possesses German nationality and ethnicity.

Leon grew up playing hockey in Germany. Sadly, he has not revealed his educational background yet. Thus, it leaves us deprived of his high school and college information.

Moreover, Hannibal Weitzman, the goaltender for Iserlohn Roosters, is his childhood friend. They played hockey together since they were five or six.

Leon is best friends with the goaltender, and they even hang out together for a short vacation trip.

Even their families are close to each other. So they planned to join overseas if they did not make it to NHL.

As a young kid, Leon tried golf, tennis, and ping-pong. But ended up enjoying hockey ultimately the most.

Father | Peter Draisaitl

Leon’s father, Peter Draisaitl, is a former German national team player. He is a former Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) player.

Moreover, his father has appeared in 146 games altogether for West Germany and Germany.

Besides, he has also participated in World Championships, the World Cup, and 1988, 1992, and 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

Sister | Kim Drasaitl

Leon’s younger sister Kim has been listed on 15 NHL players Who Have Attractive Sisters by a Sportster website.

She has been groomed in a sophisticated way. Kim has graduated and serves as a production assistant for a German television company, “Probono.”

Interesting, isn’t it? Of course, you can read a small profile of Kim on the television company’s website.

She has also worked in the same company’s office during her high school days back home in Cologne.

First, she started as an audio-visual agent and later finished the production house’s training and reached the assistant post. Her brother must be proud of her hard work and dedication.

She was spotted at the World Cup of Hockey in September 2017 to support her brother, who played for Germany.

Early Career

When Leon was 12 years old, he played with and against his hometown team U-16 Kölner Haie. His father remained a coach for the team.

Leon also performed for German Development League’s (DNL) Jungadler Mannheim U18 team.

He conquered the DNL Championship and was named the DNL Player of the year. As a teenager, he often skated with the team Ravensburg Tower Stars of the German second division.

Again, which was coached by his father; moreover, the team also had Ben Thomson from Coaldale Copperheads.

According to his father, playing early with the professional team will lead you to know the automatics in the locker room.

The way a coach and players communicate in between makes you catch a lot.

Playing Career

Major Junior

Following that, Leon made a big move when he joined the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League at seventeen.

He was waived to the Kelowna Rockets for the 2015 World Junior Championships, where he was titled played MVP for appearing in 19 games and notching 28 points.

Not only that, Leon also grabbed the Stafford Smythe Trophy as Memorial Cup MVP in 2015.

However, the Rockets could not make it to the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Professional Career

Leon scored 105 points with the Raiders and stood up wide strong for the German national team at both the U-20 and senior levels, making his dream come true.

He got hired in the  2014 NHL Draft third-overall pick by Edmonton Oilers. Leon made an early jump to the NHL, which made him move ahead of his age.

He suddenly took a version of a man. His father clearly stated, “He had to become a man sooner rather than later.”

Leon signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton and formally changed the contract on 9 October 2014.

He enrolled in the game against Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, and Vancouver Canucks.

Leon became the first player to have six straight multi-point games since 1990 for the Oilers.

Moreover, he scored a hattrick in the Stanley Cup playoffs and became the second-youngest player for the Oilers to do so.

There is more coming. Leon scored 50 goals in a season, which only five Oilers previously achieved.  He scored at least 100 points in an NHL season and became the ninth Oiler to do so.

Draisaitl was credited with a strong performance through the series, the Oilers advanced in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs beyond the first round for only the second time in Draisaitl’s career in 2022.

The Oilers drew the Calgary Flames in the second round, the first playoff “Battle of Alberta.” The Oilers advanced to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2006. But they were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche at the end of their postseason.

Later, Oilers confirmed that he had been playing through a high ankle sprain since Game 6 of the first round

International Career

Leon performed for the German Junior Team at the World Championships to count on his international play. He did not limit himself to that and became the captain in the latter game.

However, he faced a one-game suspension and was removed from a round-robin game against the U.S.

Leon was titled the German Senior Team roster for the IIHF World Championship. He was also chosen for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Leon Draisaitl | Summary Career Stats

Season Team Game Played Goals Assists
2022-2023 EDM 46 28 45

Is Leon Draisaitl Married? Personal Life & Girlfriend

Coming to his personal aspects of life, the most asked question about him would be, Is Leon in a relationship?

It has been discovered that Leon is in a romantic relationship with his adorable girlfriend, Celeste Desjardins.

Born on June 14, 1996, in Northern Ontario, Celeste is one heck of a Canadian professional media and has more than 130k followers on her Instagram account.

She stands 1.70 m tall. Moreover, Celeste is also a celebrated actress and is featured in movies The Bold Type (2017), Taken (2017), and Lost & Found (2016).

She has been into music, dance, and theater since her childhood. She joined dancing classes at three and was named the class clown by her classmates later in school.

Moreover, Leon and Celeste are spotted together many times and post pictures on their Social Media Handles.

Please Find Out The Things He Did During The Lockdown.

Leon was at the peak of his career, leading with the high scores, while the NHL season has to pause for the time being on March 12, 2020, due to the covid-19 outbreak.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Leon kept himself busy in isolation. He did all he could, from binge-watching “This Is Us” to working on puzzles.

In between, he pumped himself up by watching “FRIENDS” rather than hockey. Interestingly, Joey Tribbiani is his favorite character from the TV show.

He also watched the Oilers game broadcast on television. Leon also has a gym in his house. He would do anything to keep himself fit.

Net Worth & Salary

He is considered to be one of the top ten players in the NHL. Leon ends up making remarkable game after game.

At a very early age, he received his entry to the NHL and proved himself the best.

As a matter of fact, there is a lot more yet to come from his side, and we want more brilliant players like him.

Aligning with Spotrac.com, Leon has agreed to a six-year contract worth $68,000 with the Edmond Oilers.

His annual average salary would be  $11,333,333, but by calculating the base salary and signing bonus, he would make $8500000.

“Leon Draisaitl’s net worth turns out to be $68 million as of [CURRENT-YEAR]”

Well, there are no updates on his house, property, or any assets on the internet.

You can find the latest news, game log, results, stats, and many other details of Leon Draisaitl on the HockeyReference website.

Social Media Presence

He is quite a finite personality with infinite posts when it comes to Social Media Presence. By that, we mean Leon is fairly active on Instagram, with 103 posts to date.

He does not use Twitter or Facebook. Leon keeps posting about anything that he finds relevant and fun.


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Also, by scanning his Instagram profile, we can say he likes adventure besides hockey. Leon is a guy who knows how to enjoy life and sports.

Go, give him a follow, and become his fan.

Instagram: 189k followers

The Search Graph

The search graph of Leon depicts a good amount of search as he is still active as an NHL player.

Leon Draisaitl
Leon Draisaitl The Search Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph shows Leon’s popularity over the past twelve months.


How much is a Leon Draisaitl rookie card worth?

Leon Draisaitl's rookie card price ranges from $0.49-$9.95.

What kind of equipment does Leon Draisaitl use?

Leon Draisaitl uses a Warrior Alpha DX SL stick, Warrior Dynasty AX1 gloves, Warrior Covert PX2 helmet, and CCM Ribcor 80K skates.

When did Leon Draisaitl suffer from an eye injury?

Leon Draisaitl suffered an eye injury during a game against the Winnipeg Jets in Oct 2017.

What is Leon Draisaitl's trade value?

Leon Draisaitl's trade value on the open market is 9.05, ranking him 7th among centers and 10th overall.

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