Are the Buffalo Sabres Asking Too Much for Jack Eichel Here?
The Buffalo Sabres are trying desperately to trade star center Jack Eichel, but what they're asking for may be too aggressive to get the job done.
A report surfaced on Twitter, laying out the asking price from the Sabres to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Jack Eichel.
Here's a quick run-down on what's being asked of the Golden Knights. "Smith" refers to Reilly Smith, a winger who scored over 50 points in each of his first three (full) seasons with the Golden Knights. Peyton Krebs was a first-round draft pick of the team in 2019, who scored 43 points in 23 games in a COVID-shortened season playing junior hockey. Nic Hague was a second-round pick for the Golden Knights in their first-ever draft in 2017, and has grown into a steady, every-game player for the team, and a solid player in the defensive zone. Lastly, a first-round pick is...well it's one of the best 32 future players in the world.
That is a LARGE sum of players and potential, but a sum that may be worth paying for the Golden Knights. Eichel is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the National Hockey League, but someone that has not been able to recognize their full potential yet. The Golden Knights are consistently one of the best regular season teams in the league, but do not possess the depth at the center position (the position Eichel plays) to win it all.
The Knights have traded a number of picks and prospects already, so the price may be too rich for their blood. However, it's rare that you get the opportunity to acquire a player as good as Eichel, and if the team believes Eichel will take them to a Stanley Cup championship, then the price may be worthwhile.
As always, more to come.