Eichel a Nice Consolation if Sabres Lose Out on McDavid

Now that the Buffalo Sabres have officially clinched last place in the NHL draft and assured them of no lower than the second overall pick in the upcoming 2015 draft held this June, the Sabres have to decide what to do if the lottery does not give them the coveted number one pick. eichel

The Canadian McDavid has long been considered the top choice, but Eichel has had an outstanding freshman season at Boston University. He won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college. Eichel is the first freshman since Paul Kariya in 1993 to win this award.

Eichel has Boston University in the NCAA Championship game against Providence tonight after scoring two goals and adding an assist in a 5-3 victory over North Dakota at the Frozen Four on Thursday night. For the season, the 18 year-old Eichel has scored 26 goals while registering 44 assists.

Sabres general manager Tim Murray is said to be so enamored with the 18 year-old McDavid that he might try to trade for the top pick if the Sabres end up with the second selection.

While McDavid has had a monster season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League with 44 goals and 76 assists for 120 points in only 47 games, I do not want to see the Sabres trade away many of the draft picks they secured as they sent many of their top players to other teams over the last two seasons. McDavid seems to be the better of the two players as he added another five goals last night in a victory for the Otters in the playoffs. However, Eichel also has star potential and the gap between the two players is not as far as many people may believe.

Eichel has proved himself at the college level. Kariya went on to an illustrious 15 year career in the NHL as he scored over 400 goals. If Eichel can put up comparable numbers, he will have been well worth the Sabres selecting him with the second pick.

And that’s as I see it!

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