The Jack Eichel saga is officially over in Buffalo. He is now a Golden Knight after Vegas traded for the 3-time All-Star center in exchange for Peyton Krebs, Alex Tuch, a future first-round draft pick, and a future second-rounder. Vegas also got a future third-round draft pick as part of the deal.
Now, in a perfect world, the San Jose Sharks would have loved to add Eichel to their roster. And in terms of matching the Vegas offer, the Sharks have a lot to work with.
First, San Jose could offer its 2022 first-round pick (top-10 protected a la Vegas) and 2023 second-round pick to find equivalence of the Vegas’ deal.
For the players, it gets a bit tricky. Alex Tuch, a former first-round pick, is a young winger in his prime. Trading Tomas Hertl here would not make sense for Buffalo as he would have to re-sign on a long-term deal then. Tuch’s current contract runs through the 2025-26 season at a 4.75 million cap hit.
Logically, Timo Meier or Kevin Labanc would fill the top-six hole on the wing for the Sabres. With Meier’s recent resurgence, his value would be suitable for Buffalo’s depleted depth there.
As for Peyton Krebs, a 2019 first-round pick by Vegas, the Sharks could find a comparable with Tristen Robins, a high 2020 second-rounder, who is lighting up the WHL currently with 22 points in 12 games.
Meier might be worth more than Tuch, while Krebs is worth more than Robins, so that might balance out. Or would the Sabres demand Ozzy Wiesblatt or Thomas Bordeleau? Like Krebs, Wiesblatt was a first-round pick, albeit lower in the first.
In total, Jack Eichel and a 2021 third rounder for Timo Meier, Tristen Robins, the 2022 first-round pick, and the 2023 second-round pick could be a reasonable match for what Vegas offered. If Buffalo asks for Wiesblatt instead of Robins, do you bat an eye?
It’s going to be a pain once Jack Eichel returns and the three-headed monster of Eichel, Mark Stone, and Max Pacioretty potentially unite as the Golden Knights’ top line. Vegas and San Jose cross paths three times after the 2022 Winter Olympics.
What do you think, San Jose Sharks fans? Would you have matched VGK’s Eichel package?
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