Ramblings: Jack Eichel’s Upside; Brent Burns; Joe Pavelski – July 31

Michael Clifford


It is kind of hard to believe the calendar is turning to August, but that also means that fantasy draft season is just around the corner. Some may be taking part in drafts already, some in the near future, but many are already at least thinking of drafts.

This exchange from Dobber’s own Cam Robinson and Steve Laidlaw caught my eye the other day:

Read through to get their thoughts.

To the point of Jack Eichel, I agree with those two on that point (though I am less agreeable on some other points). I thought it would be fun to take a spin through Eichel’s performance so far in his young career in historical context, with numbers pulled from Hockey Reference’s Play Index. He is sitting at 142 regular season games through his Age 20 season thus here are some notes on forwards who fit that criteria as it relates to Eichel:

  • There have been seven forwards to manage at least 0.8 points per game this century: Ilya Kovalchuk, Anze Kopitar, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, and Eichel.
  • There have been 11 forwards to manage at least 0.34 goals per game this century: the seven already named, plus Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash, Jeff Skinner, Sean Monahan, and David Pastrnak.
  • There have been six forwards to manage at least 0.46 assists per game this century: Kopitar, Crosby, Kane, Stamkos, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Eichel.
  • There have been four forwards to manage at least 3.4 shots per game since the NHL started tracking shots on goal: Dale Hawerchuk, Wayne Gretzky, Kovalchuk, and Eichel.
  • Those same four players just named in the point above are the only ones to average 0.8 points per game and 3.4 shots on goal per game.

Aside from a couple of misses (RNH turned out to be a two-way centre, Toews hasn’t had a 70-point season in six years, and the jury is still out on Monahan), there are a lot of impressive names in that list. Eichel has been incredibly valuable in his young career when he sta