Toronto Maple Leafs #4: C Jack Eichel (Boston University – NCAA)
Original Pick #4: C/RW Mitchell Marner (London Knights – OHL)
Jack Eichel, touted as one of the brightest prospects in recent memory, had a hard time finding a home with the Buffalo Sabres, to say the least. The front office couldn’t find a way to keep their disgruntled star happy, and ultimately reached a breaking point regarding a back injury the center suffered which eventually led to Eichel leaving Buffalo for the Vegas Golden Knights.
In his final season with Boston University, Jack Eichel played in 40 games for the Terriers, recording 26 goals and 45 assists which would prove to be sufficient enough to be championed as the Hobey Baker Award winner, given to the MVP of the NCAA DI season.
Now, in Year 7 of his NHL career, Jack Eichel has compiled 139 goals and 216 assists in 355-games played, averaging 0.95 points per game. While he’s been incredibly productive in the regular season, Eichel has yet to play a single Stanley Cup Playoff game, but at no fault of his own. In the six years he spent with the Buffalo Sabres, the team has gone 171-222-60, finishing last in the Atlantic Division three times.
Though enough about the Buffalo Sabres, we all know we could spend days talking about how pitiful of a franchise they have. Instead, let’s just imagine this: Jack Eichel playing with Auston Matthews…