Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. But this year, something new — we’re featuring special guest analysis from former Minnesota Wild scout Mark Seidel, who currently serves as the president of North American Central Scouting.
Jack Eichel (C)
Height: 6’2 Weight: 196 Shoots: Right
Team: Boston University (NCAA)
NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 2 among North American Skaters
What kind of player is he?
The most ballyhooed American hockey talent in recent memory — perhaps ever.
Though he only spent one year at the collegiate level, Eichel made a big impression. He scored a whopping 71 points in 40 games and became just the second freshman ever to win the Hobey Baker as the top player in NCAA hockey — and the first to do it since Paul Kariya in 1993.
Scouts have lauded all of the 18-year-old’s physical tools and on-ice skills, but also love his determination and competitiveness. It’s why Eichel, all but assured to go second overall, has and will likely continue to be compared to the No. 1 pick in this draft, Connor McDavid.
“Eichel combines good size with tremendous quickness, often using his physical size to ward off defenders and makes plays for his teammates. His defensive game has continued to improve and he’ll be a premier center for years to come in Buffalo. Eichel would have gone first overall in any draft over the last decade — this year he trails McDavid, but nobody else.”
NHL comparable: Ryan Johansen
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