rebuilding teams set for a race to last place in McDavid Derby

“We had to hit rock bottom in order to get those Cheap NHL Jerseys guys, and it’s been pretty successful,” said Olczyk, who was fired before Pittsburgh’s five year plan ever came to fruition. “There are no quick fixes in this league.”

McDavid, considered the front runner to go first overall in June’s draft in Sunrise, Fla., might be the closest thing to a quick fix there is. The six foot playmaking centre has drawn comparisons to Crosby since he was 15 years old.

There’s no rhyming catchphrase this year, like the popular “Fail for Nail” when Nail Yakupov was in his draft year, or “Suck for Luck” in the NFL when Andrew Luck looked like a can’t miss quarterback prospect. Dishonour for Connor might be it, but current NHL players aren’t thinking about it.

“Everyone around the league thinks we’re going to be a bottom place team and we’ll be going for that first overall draft pick and that’s where we should be at,” defiant Sabres defenceman Josh Gorges said. “And I don’t think anyone in this dressing room believes that. I certainly don’t believe that.”

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The Sabres had the NHL’s lowest point total in 2013 14 and, at least on paper, look like they’ll be in the running again, even after signing Brian Gionta and Matt Moulson and trading for Gorges. They lost the lottery to the Florida Panthers, who took defenceman Aaron Ekblad, and No. 2 pick Sam Reinhart might need some more seasoning before wholesale vikings jerseys he’s ready.

Buffalo also owns the New York Islanders’ first round pick from last year’s Thomas Vanek trade, so that’s at least another lottery ticket if John Tavares and Jaroslav Halak can’t spearhead a major improvement.

Calgary upgraded its goaltending by signing Jonas Hiller but don’t have anyone ready to replace Mike Cammalleri’s 26 goals and 19 assists. The Flames, already with Sam Bennett, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, look like a team of the future but not the present.

It could be a long year for the Carolina Hurricanes, who are off to an inauspicious start by losing Staal to a broken leg for the first three plus Cheap New Orleans Saints Jerseys In Wholesale Price months of the season. Rookie coach Bill Peters has some talent to work with, including Jeff Skinner, but depth is lacking and general manager Ron Francis could use some time to restock the system.

Rebuilding isn’t easy, as Olczyk knows. He said it leads to a lot of sleepless nights for coaches and phone calls to general managers.

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“You always ask your general manager: ‘Is everything OK? Am I being judged on wins and losses?'” Olczyk said. “It’s very hard. I think the greatest challenge that I had, and I can speak to first hand experience with that, is selling belief to the guys in that room. That’s exactly what it is. It’s going to be rough.”

Rough but potentially worth it if patience is there.

“What happens in a lot of situations is that sometimes teams all teams, sports teams in general don’t have the plums to stay the course,” Olczyk said. “They want to abort.”

There’s no movement to abort in Buffalo, where fans are already thinking ahead to what it would be like to have McDavid or Eichel in blue and gold next season. Of course the Edmonton Oilers and their three consecutive No. 1 picks and zero wholesale cardinals jerseys playoff appearances show that’s not always a recipe for success.

But McDavid is supposed to be different: a once in a generation talent who’s worth a season’s worth of losses. But the 17 year old said he’s not watching the standings or thinking about what jersey he’ll be putting on in nine months.

“You can’t really worry about that,” McDavid said. “There’s no second class organizations in the NHL. They’re all great spots. Wherever I’m fortunate enough to go, it’ll be great.”

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