For most of the 2014-15 NHL season, we’ve heard a ton of discussion about the bottom of the standings and what those teams have been playing for: specifically, draft prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, seen as potential franchise saviors for the clubs that "earn" the top two picks in the 2015 draft.
But a lot of the discussion misses the important question: What is the actual on-ice value those prospects bring to their potential organizations? How quickly will the team that selects them be among the Stanley Cup contenders? The short answer is that they'll bring quite a lot of value, but they’re not going to flip the fortunes of a team overnight.
Here are the expectations for these two in their rookie season of 2015-16, what kind of impact their new team should expect in the standings as well as the kind of team that may be just a McDavid or Eichel away from contending