Friday night, Jack Eichel needed about seven seconds to show why he is a compleat attacker from the blueline in, scoring a beautiful goal that vaulted the Boston University Terriers to a 3-2 win over the Maine Black Bears.
Someone who turned 18 just three weeks ago shouldn't be able to make NCAA Division I hockey look this elemental. Yet Eichel, in overtime on Friday night, took the puck end-to-end for the game-winner, blowing by a couple defenders and then lining up a defender as a screen before scoring with a NHL shot. Couple with an assist, the 18-year-old now has at least one point in all nine Terriers games this season.
There's a proof the reason Eichel, the only real contemporary Connor McDavid has in the 2015 NHL class, is only in college hockey because he was 43 days too young for this summer's draft.
"It’s my humble opinion that Jack Eichel, if he were old enough, could be playing in the National Hockey League right now,” Maine coach Red Gendron told reporters. “And there were times in Orono [during an earlier Maine-BU match] and there were times [Friday night] where he’s pretty tough to stop. And that’s why people are talking about him being potentially the very first pick in the draft or maybe the second, he’s a special player."
Debate Mac vs. Jack all you like; it's pretty evident why Eichel is the brighest offensive prospect to come out of the U.S. system since Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane nearly a decade ago.
(By the way, your eyes didn't deceive you while watching the Boston Ucelebration. College teams do dress three goalies.)
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.