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“I went to Canada to play in the OHL and my goal was to be drafted,” said Kahun. “I did not do it; they said i was too small for the league so i decided to go home and play in germany. I always believed I could get there one day and I did a good job with the national team and the Olympics helped me a lot. My goal has always been to someday play in the NHL.
Oilers general manager Ken Holland signed Kahun to a one-year, $ 975,000 contract, trying to supplement the lower half of his roster with capable and affordable players. Getting an opportunity to reunite with Draisaitl played a big part in signing both sides.
Prior to being in the NHL, the two lit their Under-16 league in Germany by playing with Mannheimer. Kahun has 69 goals and 206 points in 30 games, while Draisaitl has 97 goals and 192 points in 29 games.
“It was fun, we played together and used each other,” Kahun said. “I guess if I had more points it was just because he had more penalties or something like that. When we were together on the ice, we always used and scored together. But he’s a better player than me (now), that’s for sure.
Last season, Draisaitl scored 43 goals and 110 points in 71 games for the Oilers before the break to win the NHL scoring race. In addition to the Art Ross Trophy, Draisaitl also won the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL’s Most Valuable and Outstanding Player, respectively.
“In Germany Leon was the sportsman of the year, so everyone is talking about him,” Kahun said. “So when I signed in Edmonton, obviously everyone was wondering about it. It’s a little different with Leon and me. We lived together, we played together for five years, so we’re really good friends.
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