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McDavid, Eichel top Central Scouting Futures list

Jul 8, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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We know the 2014 NHL Draft just happened recently, but the 2015 Draft is one all teams will be zeroed in on.

The NHL Central Scouting Service released their Futures list of who to keep an eye on in the coming year and the two names you’re going to hear about most are right at the top of it.

Erie Otters (OHL) forward Connor McDavid and Boston University forward Jack Eichel lead the way. Dan Marr of Central Scouting tells Mike Morreale of NHL.com what those two bring to the table is something special.

“McDavid is an exceptional talent and he’s been on display now for the world to see for two years [in the OHL] and he’s lived up to all the expectations that were kind of placed on his shoulders,” Marr said. “That’s not an easy burden for a young man. This year just happens to be his draft year and the expectation is he’ll continue to be the frontrunner for the No. 1 spot. But Jack Eichel has already made known that this is a two-horse race.”

McDavid already had a monster year with Erie last season piling up 28 goals and 99 points. Eichel played with the U.S. Under-18 team last season and had 45 points in 24 games including 20 goals.

McDavid and Eichel are far ahead of what’s being touted as a loaded class of prospects that also includes forwards Dylan Strome, Lawson Crouse, Colin White, Travis Konecny, and defenseman Noah Hanifin.

  1. bullwinkle88 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    It’s good to be the Buffalo Sabres right now!

  2. stepanup - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    So Jack Eichel will be the Terrier ripping up my UNH Wildcats this year…good to know in advance.

  3. cjnbsc - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    McDavid will absolutely go #1.

  4. tn16 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Canucks better tank, trade miller at the deadline trade beiksa and any other veteran you can get something for

    • 19to77 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Seriously. This is the absolute golden year to commit to a rebuild. The draft next summer will be one for the ages. There’s enormous talent up for grabs and the more picks in the first two rounds a team has, the better they’ll be five years down the road. The Canucks have an abundance of veterans they could move as trade deadline additions for current contenders and though I understand Benning’s desire to keep them short-term competitive and not drop the dreaded R-word on the fans, he’d be far wiser to just accept that a lineup led by the aging Miller and Sedins simply will not win the Cup. The window on this roster closed after they got crushed by the Kings back in 2012. He needs to sell the parts that remain and commit to rebuilding them as a new team. And the 2015 draft is by far the best chance he’ll have to do it.

  5. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I hope Arizona or Nashville land him.

  6. billsin20xx - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    It will be neat, Sabres get McDavid #1 with the Isle’s pick and Eichel #2 with their own pick!

    • rabidbillsfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Heck if your going to pipe dream, might as well say the Blues fall off the deep end and we go 1, 2, 3. Although, I would not be surprised in the least if Buffalo does not acquire at least 1 more 1st before the draft.

      • sgs32 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Hope team tank against Sabres, Oilers and Flames, tired of the same teams getting the best prospects and doing nothing with them, although I have nothing against the franchises as such, just tired of their long time sucking

      • billsin20xx - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        sgs, Sabres haven’t drafted really low in years, except for this last draft. It is unfortunate, but it has been pretty much proven in the nhl you HAVE to drop down and get a #1 pick in order to eventually be the best. you can become a good team with other draft picks, trades and free agents – but to be the best you have to have that #1.
        Fortunately for us Regier has allowed us to get to the bottom of the heap!
        But I do think the free agent signings Murray did for us are going to move us up off the bottom this year – a little confused as to why he picked up some of those guys!

      • shutmdownd - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        I don’t know if the signings will really help us it that much, don’t forget Miller was our goalie for most of the season and def stole some points for us, now we don’t even know who is starting, plus there are always injuries too… hopefully….

  7. canada2014gold - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Any prospect that has potential Florida will start the season with, that’s why they ruin all their draft picks.

    • pfhockey - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      Like? Give me some examples.

  8. stevepopo - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    McDavid 71 assists last year, just sick. I was in line at an Otters game last season when the ‘meet and greet’ takes place — they do it once a year (I’ll be there again this year for sure). While waiting in line, this girl in front of me started chatting.. “McDavid, he’s overhyped — he passes too much”.

    #clueless

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