Jack Eichel recently became the youngest player in Buffalo Sabres franchise history to score 20 goals when he scored in the third period of monday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. There’s been high a low points during Eichel’s rookie campaign including going scoreless in 5 straight games twice this season and at one point registering only 5 points in 17 games. His best single game performance so far in his career was on December 26th where he put up 2 goals and 2 assists in a Sabres 6-3 win over the Bruins in Boston. He currently leads all rookie forwards with 19:04 of total ice time and is second in rookie scoring with 46 points but also leads all rookies currently with a -15 plus/minus rating.
With the recent lower body injury to Ryan O’Reilly that’s kept him out of the lineup for the past 10 games, Jack Eichel has assumed the role as the Sabres number one center and has excelled. He’s been everything that Buffalo could have hoped for and expected after drafting him second overall in last year’s NHL entry draft. With a young prospects like Eichel, Reinhart, Ristolainen to go along with other stars like O’Reilly and Kane the future is bright for the Buffalo Sabres. While they obviously are still missing pieces since they are once again in the thick of the draft lottery and battling for the possibility of the number one overall, there’s very few organizations with a brighter future than the boys in blue.