Former NHLer McDavid can't considered superstar Buffalo right thing Eichel

FORMER NHLER SAYS MCDAVID CAN'T BE CONSIDERED A SUPERSTAR YET; ADDS BUFFALO DID RIGHT THING WITH EICHEL

NOV 24, 2021  (8H20)      TIM TUCKER
At just 24 years of age, it already seems like Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers has been dominating the NHL for years. He is arguably the best player on the planet when it comes to offense, and continues to dazzle night in and night out with phenomenal moves. That said, one former NHLer believes McDavid can't yet be considered a superstar in the league.

"As long as you haven't taken a team to the Stanley Cup final or, God willing, won it, you're not a superstar," said Alexei Zhitnik in a wide ranging interview with Championat.com. "For example, Ovechkin was and is a great player, but once he won the Stanley Cup... For North America, that's the mark. You can win the Olympics, the World Cup, but they don't care. If you win the Stanley Cup, it's a marker."

Zhitnik, who played parts of 10 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres during his lengthy NHL career, was also asked about his former team's situation with Jack Eichel and his trade request.

"Yeah. The guy's young, I've seen him live a couple of times, but he's not the caliber to lead a team," said Zhitnik. "Yes, he's a good player, a thinker, a player, but he's not a leader, so to speak. This whole spinal situation has kept nobody moving in the right direction. Buffalo was right to trade him. Time will tell who's right and who's wrong. The club needs to focus on a different direction, different moments. All that is already in the past."

Zhitnik played 1085 regular season games in the NHL. The former defenceman was a two-time All-Star in the league, and also won Olympic and World Junior Championship gold with Russia. He did not, however, win a Stanley Cup in his career. Despite being from Ukraine and playing in the KHL at one point, Zhitnik did admit in his interview that he follows the NHL much more closely than the KHL.
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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
2
PANTHERS22154333
3
LIGHTNING21125428
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS19118-22
6
SABRES22811319
7
CANADIENS24616214
8
SENATORS2041519
NHL STATS
LIVE
DECEMBER 2, 2021 G A PTS
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 4 5
SAM REINHART
1 3 4
AARON EKBLAD
2 1 3
VICTOR HEDMAN
2 1 3
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2 1 3
RYAN HARTMAN
1 2 3
ALEX FORMENTON
2 - 2
VINNIE HINOSTROZA
2 - 2
ANTON LUNDELL
2 - 2
JASON ROBERTSON
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
21202141
CONNOR MCDAVID
21152540
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
+1
25191939
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+5
2492033
NAZEM KADRI
+1
2192131
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
+1
2592029
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
+3
2391828
TIMO MEIER
+2
19111326
STEVEN STAMKOS
+1
22111426
AARON EKBLAD
+3
24101526
VICTOR HEDMAN
+3
2371725
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
2391625
TROY TERRY
23151025
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2452025
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
KYLE CONNOR
22141024
SEBASTIAN AHO
+2
23101224
ROBERT THOMAS
+2
2422024
MATT DUCHENE
24131124
  COMPLETE STATS