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BHN Daily: McDavid Breaks Record; Bobrovsky Blip; Laine in Play?

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The Buffalo Sabres continue to have the shadow of 2015’s draft lottery loss looming over them, as Connor McDavid set the NHL record for assists in a playoff run. It’s never taken lightly when someone passes Wayne Gretzky, and that’s just what McDavid did as he recorded his 32nd assist in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final. Once deemed a generational talent, he has cemented himself in hockey history in Edmonton’s run for the Cup.

Cut to Tim Murray’s face at the 2015 NHL draft lottery, which showed a combination of disgust and pain. Sure, Jack Eichel was a great consolation prize, but we all know how that turned out in Buffalo. The gap between McDavid and him wasn’t supposed to be enormous, but McDavid’s running away with the best talent the league has seen since Mario Lemieux.

Imagine a world where Connor McDavid and Aaron Ekblad were the cornerstones of the Sabres organization as opposed to Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Or, if you’d prefer, McDavid and Reinhart. An alternate universe would be very interesting for Buffalo for the different dynamics alone.

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Revisiting the 2015 NHL draft is something we did recently at BHN, as Mitch Marner ended up ranking ahead of Jack Eichel in a redraft.

The Sabres promoted Jerry Forton to assistant general manager, as he will speak to the media along with general manager Kevyn Adams on Thursday about the upcoming draft.

Across National Hockey Now

Florida Hockey Now: Sergei Bobrovsky went from perhaps the best Stanley Cup Final goalie performance ever to getting pulled on Saturday.

Philadelphia Hockey Now: Patrik Laine is looking for greener pastures. Could he be a fit in Philadelphia?

San Jose Hockey Now: The NHL salary cap is increasing but some teams will still search for cap space. These players could be cap casualties.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Can the Penguins return to Stanley Cup contenders? Here are some realistic goals for the aging team.