How Eichel stacks up against his draft class

January 24, 2018
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Joe DiBiase reporting
@DiBiaseWGR


Midway through his 3rd season in the NHL, there's no doubt that Jack Eichel is the real deal. Both Eichel and Connor McDavid were labeled "generational" prospects by pretty much everyone that knew what they were talking about going into the 2015 draft. Despite Eichel's great play, the Sabres have not come close to the playoffs since his arrival.

Many questions have been and could be asked about Eichel. Is he even close to as good as McDavid? Was the Sabres tank worth it to get him? What if the Sabres hadn't finished last in 2015-16? Is Eichel even the second best player from that draft? Many questions could be answered just by looking at his numbers stacks up against the rest of the 2015 draft class.

 

Games Played

1. Noah Hanifin, D, CAR, 5th overall: 208 games

2. Jack Eichel, C, BUF, 2nd overall: 190 games

3. Connor McDavid, C, EDM, 1st overall: 175 games

4. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL, 10th overall: 131 games

5. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI, 7th overall: 130 games 

 


Points

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM, 1st overall: 201 points

2. Jack Eichel, C, BUF, 2nd overall: 162 points

3. Mitch Marner, C, TOR, 5th overall: 93 points

4. Sebastian Aho, RW, CAR, 35th overall: 86 points

5. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL, 10th overall: 85 points

 


Points Per Game

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM, 1st overall: 1.15 p/g

2. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN, 23rd overall: 0.88 p/g

3. Jack Eichel, C, BUF, 2nd overall: 0.85 p/g

4. Mitch Marner, C, TOR, 5th overall: 0.74 p/g

5. Sebastian Aho, RW, CAR, 35th overall: 0.69 p/g

 


Goals

1. Jack Eichel, C, BUF, 2nd overall: 68 goals

2. Connor McDavid, C, EDM, 1st overall: 61 goals

3. Sebastian Aho, RW, CAR, 35th overall: 40 goals

4. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL, 10th overall: 37 goals

5. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN, 23rd overall: 28 goals

 


Assists

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM, 1st overall: 140 assists

2. Jack Eichel, C, BUF, 2nd overall: 94 assists

3. Mitch Marner, C, TOR, 4th overall: 68 assists

4. Noah Hanifin, D, CAR, 5th overall: 57 assists

5. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL, 10th overall: 48 assists

 

Team Wins (since player became regular NHLer)

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM, 1st overall: 99 wins (3 seasons)

2. Noah Hanifin, D, CAR, 5th overall: 92 wins (3 seasons)

3. Jack Eichel, C, BUF, 2nd overall: 81 wins (3 seasons)

4. Mitch Marner, C, TOR, 4th overall: 66 wins (2 seasons)

5. Ivan Provorov/Travis Konecny, PHI: 63 wins (2 seasons)

 

One name that doesn't come close to popping up in any of these lists is 3rd overall pick Dylan Strome of the Arizona Coyotes. Strome has just 2 career NHL points in 18 games played. The Coyotes finished 2nd last in the 2014-15 season. 

Eichel is the best goal scorer of the 2015 draft class, but McDavid has clearly been better so far in his career. McDavid has a significantly higher total in points, and not to mention he led the Oilers to the 2nd round of the playoffs last year, losing to the Anaheim Ducks in 7 games. There is however a huge drop off after McEichel. Noah Hanifin has been a solid defenseman, but is not thought of as one of the leagues best. Brock Boeser has a higher points per game than Eichel, but has played 136 less games. 

So far, the draft class has pretty much played out how it was predicted to. Two generational players, with one being better than the other, and a giant gap after that. What Jack Eichel hasn't found yet is team success. His stardom around the league will be limited as long as the Sabres are at the bottom of the NHL.