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What would cause a fan of a team to cheer against that very team he roots for? The answer to that question is Connor McDavid, the most highly-touted NHL prospect since Sidney Crosby.
In 2012, McDavid was granted Exceptional Player status by Hockey Canada, allowing him to begin his OHL career at the age of 15 (joining John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad as the only players to be granted that status). In his rookie season with the Erie Otters, he recorded 66 points in 63 games. The following year, as a 16-year-old, he raised the bar to 99 points in 57 games. And this past season, he was virtually unstoppable, recording an incredible 120 points in just 47 games. Among those 120 points were 44 goals, many of which featured ridiculous individual efforts, like this one, this one, and this one.
Simply put, the kid is a phenom. He has the speed, skills, size, and hockey sense to turn any franchise around, and Sabres fans are hoping it’s their team that McDavid is coming to rescue.
In order to improve their chances of having that happen, the Sabres need to lose games. They currently sit in last place in the entire NHL, with 48 points in 74 games. That gives them a 20% chance of landing the first-overall pick and a shot at Connor McDavid in the NHL draft lottery. The next worse team is the Arizona Coyotes, who now have 54 points in 75 games and a 13.5% shot at McDavid.
All of this should help explain why fans in Buffalo were cheering on the Coyotes during their overtime victory versus the Sabres at the First Niagara Center last night—the loss moved their team six points back of Arizona with only 8 games remaining, essentially guaranteeing themselves a 20% chance at landing the NHL’s ‘next big thing.’
Just watch how the Sabres fans behind the glass jump for joy after Sam Gagner‘s overtime winner for Arizona:
The Sabres fans sure do seem to be enjoying the tanking, but you know who isn’t enjoying it one bit? Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber, who voiced his displeasure regarding the fans’ negativity during his post-game media scrum:
Cheer up, Mike. Just eight more games until this nightmare of a season is over.