Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Marshmellow, Mar 23, 2017.
Who's better Connor McDavid. Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, or Jack Eichel.
McDavid, Laine, Matthews, Eichel
McDavid, Matthews, Eichel, Laine in that order
McJesus, Matthews, Laine, Eichel.....Best to worst.
Matthews is better. He plays more of a defensive game. He is able to generate scoring opportunitys off of Defensive Plays. Something you dont see from the other games. McDavid can score but he needs the puck, Matthews can steal the puck and score which makes him alot more dangerous. You know your good when you have 40 goals in your rookie season
Anyone that doesn't put McDavid at the top of this list is high. His hockey IQ is the highest in the league. He can score like nobody else. And his playmaking ability is unparalleled. He made a top 6 winger out of Patrick Maroon. If he isn't already, he will soon be the best player in the league. He took the Oilers to the 2nd round of the playoffs and will no doubt take them to a Stanley Cup or 7 during his career. If you had to choose a player on this list to build a franchise around, it would be McDavid for sure.
Next on that list is Jack Eichel. He plays on without a doubt the worst team of anybody on the list. And he still puts up superstar numbers. Last season he placed first in rookie scoring (if you don't count 24 year old Panarin who had already played in pro level hockey for multiple seasons and shouldn't have been in the running), and this year he was top 10 for points per game. Above both Matthews and Laine. He plays a complete game, with good defensive coverage and the ability to make plays out of nothing. A true offensive threat with a franchise high ceiling. Most people tend to dismiss Eichel out of hand because he never had the media coverage of McDavid or Matthews. Nevertheless, he is 2nd on this list.
A very hard pick at 3rd because he and Eichel are very even for different reasons. Matthews is better defensively but Eichel is better offensively. I give Jack the edge because the league gives more value to the fast, skilled, offensive players like Nikita Kucherov, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin over more defensive minded players like Toews, O'Reilly, Kopitar, and Thornton. Matthews is for sure a franchise center and will be an amazing player for the Leafs. Another thing I had to consider is the team around him. Would he have had the same success if it weren't for Marner, Nylander, Hyman, Reilly, Zaitsev, and the tutelage of Babcock? Just something to consider when ranking players on an individual scale.
Finishing out the list is Patrick Laine. The fact that he is at the end doesn't mean he's a bad player. By being on this list he is a very good player. He will no doubt be one of the premier scorers in the league within a season or two, following in the steps of Teemu Selanne, Alex Chokevechkin, and Vladimir Tarasenko. He has one of the best shots in the league and he's a big boy to boot. He will be able to power into opponents' zones and rip shots into the net while knocking somebody off their feet. He will evolve into a terrific possession forward with his unique combination of skilled hands and size/power. He will be a key component of the Jets organization going forward, although perhaps not the centerpiece of their organization like the other three on the list.
McJesus ! Is that even a question ?
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