I couldn't agree more with the decision from Coach Quinn to rest Eichel after his return from World Juniors. Eichel had played 4 games in the last 7 days on an international stage so while other schools rush their guys back *cough BC cough, Quinn definitely did what was best for Eichel and the team long term.
There was some chatter on twitter after the game about how the ECAC is a stronger conference than Hockey East this year because 2 of BU's 3 losses this season have come to ECAC teams while some of the top ECAC teams have not lost that many games in conference yet. It's just another attempt by ECAC fans to make the "we're good too" argument to Hockey East aka their big brother. The facts fly in the face of this argument throughout history (12 national championships from current HE schools to 7 for current ECAC schools) and this season. In 2014, Hockey East teams have a .569 winning percentage out of league while ECAC teams have a .505 winning percentage. Strength of schedule also favors Hockey East as they hold a .5147 to a .5121 advantage in this category as well. The ECAC may have the last two national champions and the league is improving but let's stop pretending it's in the same league as Hockey East because it's not. Harvard and Quinnpiac have been good teams thus far this year but overall the conference is not on the same level as Hockey East and Union tying a BU team without their best player doesn't change that.
This Week in #DISRES9ECT
- First there was "news" coming out of Canada that Jack Eichel would leave BU to go play for the used car salesmen in the CHL. It may have been baseless and completely wrong but that won't stop a Canadian "reporter" from making stuff to benefit themselves. It really doesn't get much more #DISRES9ECTFUL than making up lies because you are jealous of all the young American talent developing as of late.
Sign here at Bell Centre claims: 2015 Draft: 1-McDavid. 2-Eichel.
— Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) December 31, 2014
@John_Pomponio at least this year the kid that's gonna go second is jack eichel he's good too... Not quite mcdavid but a stud
— dan hina (@Hina37) January 6, 2015
If the GM of the NHL team that is drafting 1st overall this year is still debating Eichel over McDavid, he should be fired NOW
— Scott Boulton, CHRP (@HR_ScottBoulton) January 6, 2015
McDavid > Eichel
— Stefan Driedger (@Driedger19) January 6, 2015
In conclusion, Canada is full of idiots. Eichel is better than McDavid. That's why you were making up false rumors about him going to a Canadian junior league. You don't see any college hockey fans making up rumors about McDavid going anywhere ...
Why are no Canadians getting riled up by our McDavid to BU rumors? WELL PLACED sources say McDavid to transfer to BU #McDavid #Canada #sucks
— BayState RoadSports (@bsrs_blog) December 19, 2014