Jack Eichel

Paul Zwambag

2015-10-14

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Jack Eichel, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Born: 1996-10-28

Hometown: Chelmsford, MA, USA

Drafted: 2015 by Buffalo Sabres, 2nd overall

 

Observations:

October 2015 – It goes without saying that Jack Eichel willbe a valuable rookie to own but he looks like he should lead the Sabres in scoring which makes him a must-own in all formats. His adaptation to the NHL has been flawless, likely becoming easier after competing against men last year with Boston University. His strength, power and skill combination is in an elite category and downright shocking for a player of his young age. His attention to detail and dedication to the defensive game elevates his fantasy and real-world value even more. He scored his first career NHL goal in his first career game against the Ottawa Senators on October 8th, 2015 (Video below). Brendan Ross

September 2015 – In his preseason debut, Eichel scored the game-winning-goal, which was also shorthanded, with 5:44 left in the game against the Minnesota Wild. Eichel recorded his first point earlier in the third period on Matt Moulson’s goal to knot the game at two. Eichel was poised and showed he could take care of his own end along with his offensive game. Eichel played over 73% of his ice time with Matt Moulson and Zemgus Girgensons. Paul Zwambag

 

September 2015 – The Buffalo Sabres played two games in their Prospects Challenge and Eichel played in both games. He recorded one goal, two assists, 12 shots and was a plus-three. In the second game versus the Boston Bruins prospects he tallied the game winning goal in overtime. Rochester Americans coach, Randy Cunneyworth, asked Eichel on the bench if he had anything left in the tank, Eichel clearly did. Jack was sent out with Sam Reinhart and Brendan Guhle for the final minute of 3-on-3 overtime and was able to put one passed the Bruins netminder with 39 seconds remaining. Eichel still didn’t wear his #15 Sabres jersey sticking to his ‘I’ll wear it when I make the team’ mantra. Paul Zwambag

 

July 2015 – An entry-level contract has been officially signed, a three year deal. This cements the reports that Eichel is leaving Boston University and joining the Buffalo Sabres. Paul Zwambag

 

June 2015 – The Buffalo Sabres select Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel 2nd overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

May 2015 – Jack Eichel is, unofficially, a Sabre after Buffalo lost the NHL draft lottery to the Edmonton Oilers. Fortunately for the Sabres, Eichel is arguably the best consolation prize the draft has seen in modern day history and the team will have budding American star to brand the franchise around. Eichel posted the best underage collegiate season since Paul Kariya ripped up the nation in his draft year. He was named the Hobey Baker Trophy winner as the NCAA's top player in the country, scoring 71 points in 40 games as an 18-year-old pivot. The accolades didn't stop there as Eichel took home the following honours: NCAA (Hockey East) All-Rookie Team, NCAA (