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Eichel, like McDavid, will showcase his skills in Buffalo this fall

Aug 27, 2014, 10:49 PM EDT

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It’s no secret that not a lot of people are betting on the Buffalo Sabres to make the playoffs next season. In fact, they are a popular choose to finish at or near the bottom of the NHL standings.

If that does happen, there will be a silver lining for Sabres fans as the upcoming draft is shaping up to be a great one. Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel have the potential to develop into players that a team could build a successful franchise around and both will give Buffalo fans an early preview of what they’re capable of this fall.

Eichel has been invited to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 25, which will be held at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center, per He’s set to play for Boston University this season.

“He’s one of the most heralded incoming freshmen to come to Boston University in a long time,” Boston University coach David Quinn said. “He’s not only a great player but a great kid and will have a lot to offer our program both on and off the ice.”

Eichel is also expected to headline the States’ world junior team, which is looking to rebound after falling to Russia in the quarterfinals in 2014.

Roughly a month after the All-American Prospects Game, the Sabres will host an OHL game between the Niagara Ice Dogs and McDavid’s Erie Otters.

  1. djshnooks - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    This was reported long before the Erie game announcement, almost a year ago.

    But yes, it’s exciting for sure…although I’m sure if Buffalo wins the lottery, some fans will be claiming it was fixed or something.

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      Djshnooks – I won’t be here for Sabres Day, so do me a favor and vote for Gil Perreault as the greatest Sabre ever – because he was!

      • buddysguys - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        very close call with the dominator though……

  2. guitarhunterdude - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    It’s gonna be hilarious when Buffalo gets the fourth pick. Pittsburgh and Edmonton will get 1 and 2.

    • shutmdownd - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Yeah hilarious… Hold you’re breath till then please…

  3. djshnooks - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Bull winkle, I’d have to vote Hasek.

    I wasn’t old enough for Gilbert Perrault.

  4. mnwildandcaps8 - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    It would be unreal if they somehow got both McDavid and Eichel! Especially since they have the Isles 1st rounder. I understand it is unlikely that it happens but ya never know. Their youth is unreal and they will be very good in a few years. They traded and hot Hudson Fasching and he is going to be a stud! He is playing great for the Gophs

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