Folks in Buffalo like to think the city is (or can be) "Hockey Heaven." It became clear Wednesday not everyone thinks that way.
A column on Yahoo! Sports by former Predators beat writer Joshua Cooper declares that the Sabres are "not worthy" of drafting Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. Neither is Edmonton. Cooper wants the uber-prospects to end up in Carolina or Arizona.
"For the love of god please Arizona and Carolina tank," Cooper writes. "Tank worse than you’ve ever tanked before in your history. Do all in your power to make sure Eichel and McDavid don’t end up with Edmonton and Buffalo, the two poster children for crappola franchises.
"The last thing we need is for either to end up in Edmonton/Hoth or the recovering industrial paradise known as Buffalo – though one would get a ton of national TV love with the latter.
"To paraphrase Wayne’s World – you’re not worthy."
*"Buffalo and Edmonton don’t deserve to have another hockey prodigy. Sabres fans had Gilbert Perreault and were treated to the French Connection. The Oilers dynasties of the 80s go without saying.
"Give someone else a chance at great prospect. McEichel wants BBQ. McEichel wants to go hiking at Camelback Mountain. McEichel should be in Arizona and Carolina."
*"Since 2009, the most prolific drafted Sabres? Zack Kassian (55 points in 179 games and now with Vancouver) and Marcus Foligno (59 points in 163 games). The only one who comes, close is ‘All-Star’ Zemgus Girgensons with 44 points in 117 games."