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Not bad: 2015 draft prospect Eichel has three assists vs. Sweden

Aug 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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We know there’s not a lot in the way of hockey going on, but the World Junior Evaluation Camp is going on in Lake Placid, NY for Team USA.

Potential 2015 NHL Draft top pick Jack Eichel was a big part of Team USA’s 7-1 win against Sweden. The future Boston University forward had three assists and helped Minnesota Wild 2014 first-round pick Alex Tuch bag a hat trick in the blowout win.

NHL fans haven’t had much of a look at Eichel while all the talk about next year’s draft has focused on Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid. His appearance at the Lake Placid camp is the first real opportunity for fans to get an idea what he’s all about. As he told Adam Kimelman of, he’s anxious to prove he’s right there with McDavid.

“I think it’s in everyone’s competitive nature that they want to go No. 1,” Eichel said. “If I sat here and told you I didn’t want to go No. 1 I’d be lying.”

He may get a couple more chances to prove himself at the WJC Camp with games against Finland and the Czech Republic still to go this week. Expect to hear a lot more about both Eichel and McDavid all season leading up to the 2015 Draft in Sunrise, Florida.


  1. bullwinkle88 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    You’re looking at a future Buffalo Sabre.

  2. travishenryskid - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    McDavid was AMAZING against Russia last night. You can’t go wrong at the top next year.

    • storminator16 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      No doubt. McDavid and Eichel are really special players. It’s going to be a treat to see how the NHL shapes up in the next 5 years with talent like those two soon to be entering the league. I’m really excited about players like Hanifin, Barzal, Zacha, and Connor as well. So much talent at the top next season; lots of players with speed & size who can play the game at a high level.

  3. storminator16 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Next year’s draft class is mighty strong. The OHL, WHL, and USHL will clean up. It will also be a banner year for U.S. trained players. There are some special players in U.S. Tier III programs out there as well (I’m looking at you, USPHL Premier league).

  4. elrock7 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Eichel, although a very good player and top prospect, is a notch below McDavid.

    • thomasvanek - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      I know that that is the popular opinion, but Eichel has an entire year to prove that he is better than McDavid. Think about the Ovechkin/Crosby debates. It took many years to decifer who was better than the other player. Neither player is at their full potential yet so it is impossible to judge.

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