By FOX Sports Staff
The 19-year-old was sidelined for the reverse fixture earlier in the season and could only watch on as Schalke registered a 2-1 victory at the Westfalenstadion.
Back then, Schalke were in third place and were considered as title contenders but a poor run towards the turn of the year has seen them drop to sixth place.
Nevertheless, Draxler is excited for the derby and is optimistic of completing a double over the Borussians. He does concede, however, that Dortmund have become much stronger over the course of the season and might pose far more problems in Saturday's game.
"It's definitely picking up. Of course, it was important for us to get back in touch with the leading pack [with a win] against Wolfsburg, Draxler told the club website.
"But now - including amongst family members - everybody's just talking about the game against Borussia. We can hardly wait but we know it won't be easy.
"We need to be positive going into the derby. If we can do that then I'm sure we'll be able to produce on a good performance.
"Dortmund have a lot of quality players in their team. I think we're on equal terms at the moment. We're out of the doldrums. It's time to prove it."
The youngster also believes that he plays best as an attacking midfielder and wants to make the role his own following the departure of Lewis Holtby to Tottenham in January.
"I've played the last few games in attacking midfield and I think you see the improvement. I think I've proved I've got a lot of potential in that position.
"I've always said I feel most comfortable playing as a number ten. I only played in that position in a few pre-season friendlies and it didn't go to plan.
"There's a huge hole to fill in that position now that Lewis Holtby has moved on and I'm happy to get another chance."
Dortmund are a full ten points ahead of Schalke heading into the derby and also qualified to the Champions League quarter-finals earlier in the week.