ClamRussel wrote:McDavid = Cleary?
Starting to think so. The games that I have seen of McDavid - WJC's and junior Im left feeling that I don't see the hype. Yes, he's fast, tries to beat you individually and stuff but I just don't see the hype. I see him as a Matt Duschene 2nd tier star but definitely not 1st tier. Every time I've seen Eichel he just bleeds
NHL superstar. Extremely smart and is one of those types that controls the game and the pace and direction every time he's on the ice. The puck just follows him around and the other teams always seem to be in a cluster fuck because of it. McDavid is all bursts, the sense, IQ, anticipation is nowhere near on par with Eichel.
I could see Eichel being the star of the league whereas McDavid being more of a flashy player
On a good note for Canada, fellow Eichel draft class mates - Barzal and Konecny apparently played very well throughout the tourney
I haven't seen Eichel play, but I've seen some of McDavid's stuff.....mostly at the WJC.
I don't think McDavid is going to surpass Crosby, but he still looked really good.
At 17 years of age Crosby played in his first WJC and recorded 5 points in 6 games. At 18 years of age he scored 9 points in 6 games.
At 16, McDavid scored 4 points in 7 games while playing as the youngster with exceptional player status. His linemates weren't as talented as the players Crosby skated with. McDavid looked really good, and it wasn't just flashes. He was a heads up player. The one thing I did note was that he wasn't as noticeable in his own zone, but breaking out of the zone and across he was quite sharp offensively. I thought he looked to be Reinhart's equal.....and he's still got two more years to develop. The Crosby comparison's were evident though, his play away from the puck was outstanding, he supported the puck carrier and was very good at finding teammates on the fly.
What I'm saying is that we should reserve judgement on him until we've seen what he can do as a 17-18 year old.
Also, consider that McDavid and Crosby's numbers in Midget AAA are very close. 2.4 ppg for McDavid and 2.6 ppg for Crosby. When people point to his junior numbers you have to factor in that Crosby played in the Q and McDavid in the O. Top scorers in the Q will always have a better chance at higher point totals. McDavid also made the jump to the CHL a year earlier than Crosby did (unless my math is wrong Crosby went at 16 to the Q and McDavid at 15 to the O).