The next offseason should be exciting. The free agent class has some intriguing names and the 2021 NHL Draft will be difficult to predict given the lack of screening that may have been done during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the trade market is where the most exciting action could take place, and the biggest name rumored is Buffalo Sabers superstar center Jack Eichel.
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What’s the latest update on Eichel’s status?
“And while I’m not saying the star center will be traded until the playoffs are over, what I’m hearing is that conversations between the Buffalo Sabers and other interested teams are getting more and more intense.” and serious, ”Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic wrote on Wednesday.
Which teams make sense as Eichel’s potential landing point? LeBrun lists “Los Angeles, Minnesota, Anaheim, Columbus, Philadelphia and the Rangers, among others.”
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What are the odds of Eichel’s hometown team, the Boston Bruins, coming into play? Well, you have to assume that B’s general manager Don Sweeney will at least call Buffalo because he wouldn’t do his job if he didn’t.
But unless the Bruins are willing to include Charlie McAvoy or David Pastrnak in a potential trade with Eichel – involving either player would be stupid on Boston’s part – it’s hard to imagine them coming up with a trade deal. as good as the other teams involved. Boston doesn’t have a lot of Class A business assets, and an arguably worst lead pool in the league is a huge reason for that.
Eichel’s situation needs to be watched closely as the 2021 NHL Draft approaches. Wherever he goes – if he’s actually traded – could change the balance of power in the league.