For one night at least, Connor McDavid will call Buffalo's First Niagara Center home.
The Sabres, who surely lead the NHL in press conferences this summer, have scheduled another one for Thursday to announce that McDavid's Erie Otters and the Niagara Ice Dogs will stage a regular-season Ontario Hockey League game at the FNC.
The game will offer a unique opportunity for the team's fans to get an up-close preview of the player who is expected to be the first selection in next summer's draft-—a pick the Sabres hope they'll exercise. Given the franchise-altering potential of the 17-year-old forward, it could be one of those "where were you when" nights that goes down in Buffalo hockey lore.
"He’s definitely the best player in the world for his age," Erie teammate, and Capitals first rounder, Andre Burakovsky told The Washington Post. "He could be in the NHL right now. He’s an unbelievable player. In my opinion he’s the new [Sidney] Crosby. He could easily be the best player in the world in a couple years.”
A sneak preview of the franchise savior? Someone in the Sabres marketing department deserves a raise.