What's buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Connor McDavid admits he’s contemplated life in Buffalo

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View photo

.

There’s going to be a junior hockey team playing at First Niagara Center on Oct. 22. And while this might seem like a reasonable commentary on the state of the Buffalo Sabres, we’re actually talking about the Niagara IceDogs vs. the Connor McDavids, er, the Erie Otters. 

McDavid, of course, is the prize of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, where the Sabres are expected to own one of the top two picks after tanking like a parade in Red Square this season. Which makes this junior hockey event all kinds of brilliant: Getting fans to pay to watch to the most hyped prospect since Sidney Crosby who may or may not eventually become to the savior of their favorite franchise.

As they say, the easiest thing to sell is hope. Even in Buffalo.

McDavid promoted the event on Thursday in Buffalo, and could barely contain his enthusiasm over potentially being a Sabre in two seasons. From Bill Hoppe:

“Yeah, that’s something that’s crossed your mind, I guess,.

“You can’t worry about that right now.”

[/crickets]

OK, McDavid was a little better about Buffalo in this Buffalo News bit: 

"It's pretty cool," McDavid said of the chance to play an OHL game in an NHL rink. "I've been to a couple Sabres games It's a pretty nice spot.  The fans are crazy here. They're great. And I'm really excited to play here with my team.

"It's a great organization from what I've seen. I know Cody Hodgson pretty well and I hear nothing but good things. They love playing here. Sam Reinhart was so proud and so happy when he got drafted here. It's a great organization and it would be an awesome spot to play."

HE LIKES US HE REALLY LIKES US!!!

Here’s Brian Duff of Sabres TV speaking with McDavid:

A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.

So he's housing with a Sabres fan this season?

This won't be awkward. No, not at all. 

Now, the only question left is whether the Sabres might sell, oh we don't know, some sort of blue and gold shirt that commemorates this junior game, with McDavid's name and number on the back and a Buffalo logo on the front. You know, to commemorate the event ...

View Comments (48)
  • Maloney hopes busy deadline 'fast-tracks' Coyotes' rebuilding project

    By the start of next season, the Arizona Coyotes could have a line full of Canadian world junior stars. They acquired Anthony Duclair from the New York Rangers on Sunday to compliment top prospect Max Domi and will have a good chance of winning the … More »

    The Canadian Press - 37 minutes ago
  • Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog fined for Saturday end of game actions

    Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog fined for Saturday end of game actions

    Colorado’s Patrick Roy can be a tough coach to deal with at times with his love of ‘old time’ type hockey. This was on display Saturday evening when the Avs pummeled the Minnesota Wild (literally) after Minnesota beat down Colorado in a 3-1 victory. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 39 minutes ago
  • Crawford makes beautiful pad save on Nestrasil

    Crawford makes beautiful pad save on Nestrasil

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie, Corey Crawford makes a lunging left pad save to stop Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrej Nestrasil on the doorstep. … More »

    NHL Highlights - 1 hour 32 minutes ago
  • NHL 2015 trade deadline report card: Puck Daddy’s winners, losers

    NHL 2015 trade deadline report card: Puck Daddy’s winners, losers

    It was quantity over quality on 2015 NHL trade deadline day. There were 24 trades made with 42 players moved, along with 21 picks. That’s ahead of last year’s total, but most of the big moves were made leading up to the March 2 deadline day. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 1 hour 38 minutes ago
  • Predators-Devils Preview

    The Nashville Predators are in the midst of their longest losing streak in a year, and suffering a second defeat in 24 hours could cost them sole possession of the overall NHL lead. The Predators attempt to snap a three-game skid by sweeping the … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 39 minutes ago