Right now, it feels like Germany is having a moment. The men’s national team stunned the world with a silver medal at the 2018 Olympics, while Edmonton star Leon Draisaitl was the second-highest goal-scorer in the NHL, behind only Alex Ovechkin. Draisaitl was also a top-five producer overall, while goalie Thomas Greiss has been crucial to the New York Islanders’ turnaround. At the junior level, the nation will likely have back-to-back first-rounders in the NHL draft for the first time, if 2019 defenseman Moritz Seider joins 2018’s Dominik Bokk of the St. Louis Blues in that club. That tandem also helped Germany’s under-20 team win promotion to the top rung of the World Junior Championship for next year’s tourney in the Czech Republic.
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