Boston Bruins absurd trade analyzer: Jack Eichel

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 15: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres faces off against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on January 15, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/NHLI via Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 15: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres faces off against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on January 15, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – FEBRUARY 20: Matt Irwin #44 of the Buffalo Sabres is congratulated by teammates Sam Reinhart #23,Jack Eichel #9 and Victor Olofsson #68 of the Buffalo Sabres after Irwin scored in the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on February 20, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – FEBRUARY 20: Matt Irwin #44 of the Buffalo Sabres is congratulated by teammates Sam Reinhart #23,Jack Eichel #9 and Victor Olofsson #68 of the Buffalo Sabres after Irwin scored in the second period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on February 20, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Where would Jack Eichel fit in the Boston Bruins’ lineup?

Let’s say the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres make the deal this offseason as that would be the most likely scenario.

You’re not breaking up the Perfection Line and with David Krejci a lock to be gone if Jack Eichel was coming into the fold – he would slide in beautifully as a stud second-line center.

Eichel would immediately be the best second-line centerman in the NHL and if the Boston Bruins could surround him with legit talent – they would easily have the best top-six in the league.

Boston Bruins forward lines with Jack Eichel.*

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak

Ritchie – Eichel – Smith

Frederic – Coyle – DeBrusk

Bjork – Kuraly – Wagner

* under the impression that Krejci leaves and all other UFAs return this offseason.

How realistic is a Jack Eichel to the Boston Bruins trade?

As stated earlier, the prospect of Jack Eichel returning to his home state and college town seems like a not so outlandish scenario compared to that of Sidney Crosby. Not that it is entirely likely as the idea of the Buffalo Sabres trading a young franchise cornerstone like Eichel seems like a questionable move no matter their long-term plans.

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The Boston Bruins are having a youth movement though, and Jack Eichel would fit right into that mold and answer to their ageing core up the middle. Even though the price is steep, the opportunity to bring in a new face of the franchise should be a no-brainer.