The beginning of the NHL season marks the start for several players chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft hoping to make a big first impression.
McDavid and Eichel are expected to be with their teams the entire season, but that doesn't mean they won't experience some adversity along the way.
"There's no question both players are game-ready for NHL play and will be able to contribute," said Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting. "Each player has handled pressure and adversity remarkably well in the past and there's no doubt that they can handle playing in the NHL as 18- and 19-year-olds.
"As rookies they have yet to experience the physical grind that accompanies playing in the NHL and the learning curve of finding out exactly what it takes to maintain a consistent NHL level of play to stay in a lineup. Their development, support and approach have them well placed to succeed."