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Come September, Give Eichel Some Space

Sitting a few rows behind the Gold Team bench at last night's scrimmage, I could see Jack Eichel say something to his coaches and teammates as he was huffing and puffing while skating off the ice after another rough shift.

He had just lost two puck battles to Jean Dupuy and been knocked to the ice two other times from hard hits, all in a matter of 90 seconds.

Without being a master lip reader, the look on Eichel's flushed face and his body language made it apparent he was muttering something along the lines of "I just don't have it tonight".

After the media tours, corporate event speeches, filmed fitting sessions at athletic headgear stores, emotional visits with children at Roswell Park, hula-hooping demonstrations at Larkin Square, and all the while still looking like an electric ball of energy at development camp the entire week leading up to this climactic event, it's completely understandable that Eichel hit a wall.

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Staples: Oilers Likely Won’t Get McDavid OR Eichel

Well, I promised myself I wouldn't say anything more about yesterday's Puck Daddy piece praying to the hockey gods that Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel end up avoiding having to play for Buffalo or Edmonton.

I cringed at the anti-mainstream media blogging crowd grudgingly typing out 1000-word essays on why "The Sabres don't deserve McDavid because they had Gilbert Perreault" is a take hot enough to melt every towering snow drift in Buffalo.

Yet, here I am linking to a piece -- from an Edmonton Journal writer no less -- ripping it apart.

David Staples did criticize the article, but I'm actually calling it to your attention today for a totally different reason.  Analytics nerds have already told you this, but it's worth mentioning anyway.

The Oilers are a better team than the Sabres and will almost certainly finish higher than Buffalo in the standings.

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