For quite a while now the conversation for the upcoming 2015 National Hockey League Draft has been about Connor McDavid or the Erie Otter and Jack Eichel of Boston University. No matter where the Buffalo Sabres finish it’s should be about McDavid.
The problem with the NHL is that the last place team isn’t assured of the first overall draft pick. If the Sabres even finished last they are only guaranteed a 20 percent chance at the first overall pick. Even though the NHL does things this way to prevent tanking, the fact of the matter is it still isn’t fair to the teams at the bottom of the NHL.
For teams at the bottom of the NHL it isn’t about getting great right away. It’s about obtaining and developing your prospects right so that they obtain their full potential, but the NHL doesn’t see it that way.
McDavid in 47 games with the Otters has scored 44 goals and 76 assists for 120 points, which averages to 2.55 points a game. Eichel with Boston University has scored 24 goals and 42 assists for 66 points for an average of 1.83 points a game. Legendary NHL player Wayne Gretzky in 1977-78 with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 64 games scored scored 70 goals and 112 assists for an average of2.84 points a game.
In the end, if the Sabres truly want to be great they will do everything they can to obtain McDavid.