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McDavid, Eichel maintain scoring streaks

by Mike G. Morreale

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel kept their point-scoring streaks intact last week and don't appear to be slowing down one bit.


Week (2 games) Week  (2 games)
1 g, 2 a, 3 pts 3 g, 5 a, 8 pts
Season stats (5 gms) Season stats (14 gms)
4 g, 5 a, 9 pts 14 g, 28 a, 42 pts

Both forwards are A-rated skaters on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. They are expected to go No. 1 and No. 2, in no particular order, when the first round commences on June 26.

Eichel had a goal and three points in a home-and-home split with the Providence Friars in Hockey East. Eichel, who has a point in five straight games for Boston University (4-1-0), has taken a team-leading 31 shots this season. He has four goals, nine points and a plus-9 rating in five games.

The Terriers return to action against rival Boston College at Conte Forum on Friday at 8 p.m. (NBC Sports Network). Not only will the game feature a potential top-two pick in Eichel, but Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. Hanifin, also an A-rated skater on Central Scouting's preliminary watch list, could be a top five choice in the draft. Hanifin, who played with Eichel on the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program last season, has one goal and three points in five games for the Eagles.

McDavid, meanwhile, extended his point streak to 14 games to begin the season for the Otters (13-0-1). He had three goals, eight points and a plus-7 rating in victories against the Plymouth Whalers and Ottawa 67's. McDavid has 14 goals, 42 points and a plus-30 rating in 14 games this season.

Sidney Crosby, to whom McDavid is often compared, had nine goals, 33 points and a plus-11 rating in his opening 14 games for the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in his draft season of 2004-05.

Erie will visit the Niagara IceDogs on Thursday before returning home to play against the Sarnia Sting on Friday and Saginaw Spirit on Saturday.


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