So you want to trade for Jack Eichel? Good luck with that.

July 08, 2020 - 2:24 pm

Ever fiber of my being wanted to just write "You can't." and have that be this entire piece. In essence that's what the present answer is when fans and media in other NHL markets ask the question 'What would it take to get Jack Eichel?'.

In fairness though, I understand all of it. If I were in Boston, Montreal, Carolina, anywhere really, I'd be thinking about what it would take to get Eichel too.

Realistically, there is no way in hell Jack Eichel is getting traded right now. At this point, all of the talk about his being frustrated with being a Sabre is just speculation. Nothing concrete. The lack of things to talk about in the NHL due to COVID-19 is certainly a factor in the Eichel trade talk as well.

For the fans of other teams that want to have some fun thinking about an Eichel trade, fine, here's what your trade should look like. You'll quickly pick up on why Eichel won't get traded, because most won't want to give up what it actually should cost.

To me that cost is a young No.1 center and something of significance.

You don't have it:

Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, Washington Capitals,

Unless a true No. 1 center is coming back in a deal, you can't trade Eichel. Monahan is coming off a down year, but is a proven 30-plus goal scorer with three years left on his deal at 25-years old. However, he's not an elite talent like Eichel. For that, the Sabres get a top line winger in Matthew Tkachuk, and a late 1st round pick.

The Avs would never give up Mackinnon and he may even be a better player than Eichel, but if you're the Sabres you're getting a player that is a year older and has three fewer years on his contract. For that, the Sabres are getting some added center depth in Jost.

Aho has become a No.1 center in hockey and is just 22-years old. He has four years remaining on his contract as opposed to Eichel's six. To make the deal worth it for the Sabres they should need something substantial. Enter Svechkikov, one of the brightest young goal scorers in the NHL. He netted 24-goals and 61-points last season at just 19-years old.

The Avs would never give up Mackinnon and he may even be a better player than Eichel, but if you're the Sabres you're getting a player that is a year older and has three fewer years on his contract. For that, the Sabres are getting some added center depth in Jost.

Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid

Florida Panthers: Alexsander Barkov, Spencer Knight, 1st round pick

Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen

Seguins is a point per game player, but is five years older than Eichel. For the difference, the Sabres get one of the best young defensemen in the NHL. Heiskanen may become a defenseman that'll be in the Norris running year after year with Rasmus Dahlin.

Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid

Yes, obviously the Oilers would never do this.

Florida Panthers: Alexsander Barkov, Spencer Knight, 1st round pick

Barkov is arguable on the same level as Eichel when it comes to elite young centers in the NHL. However, Barkov is a year older and has just two more years on his contract. Losing that much control is valuable. Knight was the 13th overall pick in 2019 and is arguably the best goalie prospect in the world. Throw in a 1st rounder for the hell of it.

New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, two 1st round picks

Jack Hughes had anything but a stellar rookie season. Despite entering the season as the Calder Trophy favorite, he never entered the conversation with just 21-points in 61 games. Hughes though does have elite level potential. Given his rookie year, it's a huge question mark to whether he reaches that or not. Hischier, meanwhile, feels like Sam Reinhart, in that he was a top draft pick in a down draft year. He'll likely never be a point per game player, but has already proven to be a top six forward. The Devils pick 7th in the 2020 draft, meaning the Sabres would pick back to back in this scenario.

Winnipeg Jets: Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers

Zibanejad has took a massive step in the last two seasons. He followed up a 74-point campaign in 2018-19, with 75-points in 57-games this season.He is four years older than Eichel and has two years left at $5.3 million. Kakko, like Jack Hughes, struggled in his rookie season with just 23-points, but entered the league with elite hype. He was the second overall pick just one year ago.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews, Rasmus Sandin

I see Eichel and Matthews as washes as players. Both are going to be superstars for a decade plus. Matthews cap hit is $1.6 million higher than Eichel's, and he has two fewer years on his deal. More expensive and less control for the same caliber of player. For that Toronto is giving up a good young defenseman on the way up in Sandin.

Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser

Pettersson is a bright young star developing in Vancouver. He won the Calder Trophy last year with 66-points in 71-games. He matched that this season with 66-points in 68 games. Just under a point a game isn't Eichel level yet, but there's good reason to be he'll be considered in the same tier someday soon. For the bit of doubt that he won't reach Eichel-level, the Sabres get a proven young goal scorer on the wing in Brock Boeser.

Winnipeg Jets: Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers

Scheifele is a No.1 center in the NHL. He's been over a point a game in four straight seasons. He is four years older than Eichel. Ehlers is a nice top six winger that has often been mentioned in Rasmus Ristolainen trade rumors. If Winnipeg wanted Ristolainen as a throw in, I wouldn't sneeze at it.

Likely none of the teams listed above would give up these packages to get Jack Eichel. If you didn't understand before why the idea of Eichel being traded was completely unrealistic, hopefully you do now.

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