With the common season technically beginning but additionally nonetheless some preseason video games left to be performed, that leaves just a few fascinating storylines in coaching camp as rosters begin to be determined.
Frank Seravalli and Matt Larkin have been on Day by day Faceoff Reside to speak about some huge storylines as preseason involves an finish.
Matt Larkin: “There’s one specifically. I are typically a little bit of a preseason snob. I’m not a giant fan of it. I want it didn’t exist, and I don’t put inventory into each storyline, however I’m trying carefully at Jack Eichel in Vegas. Eight factors in three video games, that’s tied with Marco Rossi for the scoring lead within the preseason. To me it’s essential, as a result of it tells us Jack Eichel is wholesome.
And I did speak to him on the Participant Media Tour final month, and he did say that with each sport that handed after his disc substitute surgical procedure, he felt a little bit bit extra like himself. However now we’re seeing him dominate within the preseason, and I’m questioning if there’s a sleeper season coming from Jack Eichel. This can be a man that was on a 94-point tempo in his final wholesome season. He’s solely 25 years previous, so there’s nonetheless famous person potential there in Jack Eichel.”
Frank Seravalli: “I feel that’s the factor that stand out with me about Jack Eichel. We really talked about this on the DFO Rundown immediately that’ll drop later; it’s our Pacific Division preview there, and we’ll have Jonathan Huberdeau on. I requested the query to Jason Gregor: Is Jack Eichel overrated? I imply, we consider Jack Eichel as a sniper, however his profession excessive in targets is 36 so far. He’s struggled at various factors to remain wholesome, and admittedly the Vegas Golden Knights are going to wish a 94-point season out of Jack Eichel. He’s accounting for that a lot of their wage cap at $10 million.
His acquisition in some methods has pressured the departure of others, together with somebody like a Max Pacioretty this offseason, a man who averaged 37 targets a yr in his 4 years in Vegas, yet one more than Eichel’s profession excessive. He’s gone for nothing, and that’s really one other storyline that I’d like to look at because the season goes on: How do the Golden Knights do usually? What sort of chaos may erupt there? As a result of it looks as if it’s at all times lurking across the nook. Not solely that, however there’s actual strain from an organizational standpoint, even with a first-year head coach in Bruce Cassidy, to get again into the playoffs. In the event that they’re not making the playoffs this yr, heads can be rolling. Agree or disagree?
Matt Larkin: “I do agree, and we all know that that’s the precedent this franchise has set. And even Mark Stone has stated that to us after I requested them how he navigates his troops by this fixed change, and he stated that that is the way in which they prefer it, it’s a excessive normal. And I do suppose there’s strain on Jack Eichel for certain, however as Stone put it to me final month, there’s not the identical strain that there was in Buffalo when he was the one man. He got here in final yr, everybody was harm, there was a variety of strain on Jack Eichel final yr. Now there’s a comparatively wholesome lineup, he has a bit extra help, I’m excited to see what he can do.”
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