Edmonton's one-two punch at center will certainly draw comparisons to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"We all like to make comparisons and you've heard the phrase that we're a copycat league," general manager Peter Chiarelli told NHL Network.
With two players set to earn a total of $21.5 million annually starting with the 2018-19 season, the Oilers could face NHL salary cap problems down the road.
Chiarelli believes building through the NHL Draft will help ease Draisailt and McDavid's cap charges.
He helped the Oilers make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006 and led them in postseason goals (six), assists (10) and points (16).
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