Buffalo Sabres fans dreams came to fruition today when Jack Eichel signed his NHL entry-level deal and officially turned pro.
This kid is about as legit as it gets. I remember coaching with the Green Mountain Glades Jr. team in the mid-2000’s and heading down to Marlboro, MA where we’d play the Junior Bruins and Eichel would beat the pants off us. This past fall I saw him play against UVM in Burlington, VT and he scored a ridiculous tip-in goal in overtime. The kid is nothing but awesome. From his international play this spring, to the Hobey Baker award as a freshman, he’s been impressive at every level he competes at.
So how far off is Buffalo? They’re closing the gap significantly. Up the middle they’ll have Eichel, newly acquired Ryan O’Reilly, and (former Green Mountain Glade) Zemgus Girgensens. Picking up Robyn Lehner from Ottawa in net helps solidify that position, and adding Evander Kane and Zachary Bogosian is huge as well. The screws are tightening the division for the Boston Bruins. And it’s not fun thinking of the Massachusetts native Jack Eichel making his former stomping grounds a place he will try to dominate for the next decade.