Sullivan, who wasn't too popular last year, seems to have improved some this year. He still has his "off" nights, but who doesn't? He's also developing, so mistakes will happen. I think Sullivan has earned his spot this year, as there doesn't seem to be much for talent this year among refs.
McCreary on the other hand, is probably one of the worst refs I have witnessed this year. I'm not sure why he was chosen, but what can I do about it?
I think this blurb could explain why McCreary would be selected:
My officiating career started in 1997 with a lot of enthusiasm — enthusiasm that slowly disappeared after exposure to the brutal underworld of hockey: the petty politics that determine who advances. I slowly learned that ability doesn’t matter in officiating, instead it’s about who you know.
I'm sure it helps that his dad is a little higher up.