Apparently the National Hockey League and NBC are not eager to show off one of its bright young stars on American television in the 2015-16 season.
No. 1 draft pick Connor McDavid, the most publicized player to enter the league since Sidney Crosby, and the Edmonton Oilers will make only one regular season appearance on NBCSN. It will be against the Buffalo Sabres and No. 2 pick Jack Eichel on Tuesday, March 1 at First Niagara Center.
The Sabres will appear on the national networks (NBC or NBCSN) only five times, six fewer than during the 2014-15 season. Only one Sabre game will be shown on NBC: the Feb. 21 home Sunday afternoon game against Pittsburgh.
Three other Sabres games will be shown on NBCSN: Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Tampa Bay; Monday, Jan. 25, at New York Rangers; and Monday, March 28 at Detroit.
All but the 12:30 game against Pittsburgh will be 7:30 p.m. starts.
The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will make the most appearances on NBC or NBCSN (20). Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will be shown 18 times each. Canadian franchises Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa and Winnipeg are scheduled for no appearances while Toronto will appear just once and the Montreal Canadiens six times.