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Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl is heading back to the CHL, likely with KelownaThe Canadian Press

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers have sent centre Leon Draisaitl back to the junior Canadian Hockey League.

It was not immediately clear whether Draisaitl would return to the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League or be traded before reporting.

Several reports say Draisaitl has been traded from the Raiders to the Kelowna Rockets, however, the deal can not be officially announced until Tuesday because the player coming to Prince Albert is currently playing at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Draisaitl, the third pick in last year's draft, was a healthy scratch Friday night at the Avalanche in what coach Todd Nelson called a "management decision."

The 19-year-old had two goals, seven assists and a minus-17 rating in 37 games as a rookie.

By sending Draisaitl back before he played his 40th game, the Oilers keep him from accruing a year toward free agency.

Edmonton already burned the first year of his entry-level contract by keeping him around for more than nine games.