Shane Doan knows as well as anyone that Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are special players.
"I’ve got a 13-year-old boy that follows it like you wouldn’t believe, so I know all their stats and I know everything that they’re doing," the Coyotes' captain said Thursday. "I’m aware of historically how good each of them are."
While giving the draft prospects credit, Doan also says they won't change a franchise by themselves.
"They’re great players, so you never want to take away from them or anything they’ve done, but you have to realize, too, I don’t even think either of their teams are winning their respective leagues," Doan said in First Niagara Center. "They need an entire team around them, and if you think that’s going to change because they’re in the NHL, it’s only going to get harder. You need a group around them."
To Doan's point, Eichel's Boston University team is ranked second in the NCAA behind Minnesota State. McDavid's Erie Otters finished third overall in the Ontario Hockey League. While they still might win their respective championships, they couldn't make their teams the overwhelming favorites.
"I’m not naïve to recognize that talented players are so valuable and so important and you have to have them in order to have an opportunity to win, but they need a group around them," Doan said. "They need a supporting cast or else."