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Jack Eichel
Jack Eichel
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
201 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Buffalo Sabres
EmJHL
Boston Jr. Bruins
EJHL
Boston Jr. Bruins
USHL
USNTDP Juniors
USDP
U.S. National U17 Team
U.S. National U18 Team
NCAA
Boston Univ.
Teams USA
Team North America U23
World Championships 2015, 2017, 2019
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born October 28, 1996,
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2015
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 2010 – present

Jack Robert Eichel (born October 28, 1996) is an American professional ice hockey centre. He currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Eichel was selected second overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres. Eichel was the recipient of the 2015 Hobey Baker Award, given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men's ice hockey player. He was the second freshman to win the award and the first since Paul Kariya in 1993.

Playing career Edit

Amateur Edit

Eichel played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Team during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, and was recognized for his outstanding play during the 2013–14 season when he was named to the United States Hockey League Second All-Star Team. After his second season within the Development Program, Eichel signed a letter of intent to commit to Boston University of the Hockey East on April 29, 2014.

On April 10, 2015, Eichel became the second freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award, which was previously won by Paul Kariya in 1993. In 40 games with Boston University, Eichel led the nation in scoring with 26 goals, 45 assists, and 71 points. Eichel was also the Hockey East scoring champion, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, First Team Hockey East and a member of the All-Rookie Team, and was named MVP of the conference tournament. Eichel was projected to be the second overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft behind projected first overall pick Connor McDavid

Professional Edit

On June 26, 2015, Eichel was selected 2nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, one pick after the Edmonton Oilers selected Connor McDavid. In the months leading up to the draft, considerable interest and hype arose surrounding Eichel and McDavid, both seen as generational talents. For example, the sports section of the Buffalo News regularly published the "McEichel Derby," a graphic of the teams at the bottom of the standings. On July 1, 2015, Eichel signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Sabres.

On August 13, 2015, Eichel signed a sponsorship deal with Bauer Hockey, which states Eichel will wear its equipment exclusively and Bauer will provide him with its apparel.

Eichel scored his first NHL goal on October 8, 2015, becoming the youngest player in Sabres history to do so, in his first game in the NHL against the Ottawa Senators. He finished his rookie campaign with 24 goals and 56 points in 81 games, being the Sabres' top goalscorer and second in points (after Ryan O'Reilly) and second in both criteria among rookies, after Artemi Panarin. On October 12, 2016, Eichel suffered a severe high ankle sprain to his left ankle in practice and had to be helped off of the ice; he missed the first two months of the season before making his season debut on December 1.

International play Edit

Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
2015 Czech Republic Bronze medal icon
World U18 Championships
2014 Finland Gold medal icon
2013 Russia Silver medal icon

As a 15-year-old Eichel represented the United States at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics. He won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships The following season he helped the USA squad capture the gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships and he competed as a 17-year-old as Team USA's youngest player at the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Eichel represented Team USA in the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. At the conclusion of his freshman season with the Terriers, Eichel was named to make his full international debut with Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Championships. Eichel scored 2 goals, including a game winner in the group stage against Slovakia, and 5 assists during the tournament, where Team USA won bronze. He also played for the USA at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and he played at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey for the Team North America U23.

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffs Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 35 13 14 27 14
2013–14 U.S. National Development Team USHL 24 20 25 45 20
2014-15 Boston University HE 40 26 45 71 28
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 24 32 56 22
2016-17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 24 33 57 22
NHL totals 142486511344

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 United States U17 Bronze medal icon 5 3 0 3 2
2013 United States WJC18 Silver medal icon 7 1 1 2 6
2014 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon 7 5 5 10 2
2014 United States WJC 5th 5 1 4 5 0
2015 United States WJC 5th 5 1 3 4 6
2015 United States WC Bronze medal icon 10 2 5 7 8
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 3 1 1 2 0
Junior totals 29 11 13 24 16
Senior totals 13 3 6 9 8

Awards and honors Edit

Award Year
NHL
NHL All-Rookie Team 2015-16
USHL
USHL Second All-Star Team 2013-14
College
HE All-Rookie Team 2015
HE Rookie of the Year 2015
HE First All-American Team 2015
HE First All-Star Team 2015
HE Player of the Year 2015
HE Champions 2015
HE Tournament MVP 2015
HE Scoring Champion 2015
HE Three Stars Award 2015
NCAA Rookie of the Year 2015
Hobey Baker Award 2015
International
Winter Youth Olympics 2012
World U-17 Hockey Challenge Bronze Medal 2013
IIHF World U18 Championships Silver Medal 2013
IIHF World U18 Championships Gold Medal 2014
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game MVP 2014

External Links Edit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by

Johnny Gaudreau

Hockey East Player of the Year

2014–15

Succeeded by

Kevin Boyle
Thatcher Demko

Preceded by

Mario Puskarich

Hockey East Rookie of the Year

2014–15

Succeeded by

Colin White

Preceded by

Connor Hellebuyck

Hockey East Tournament MVP

2015

Succeeded by

Kevin Boyle

Preceded by

Johnny Gaudreau

Hockey East Scoring Champion

2014–15

Succeeded by

Andrew Poturalski

Preceded by

Clay Witt

Hockey East Three-Stars Award

2014–15

Succeeded by

Kevin Boyle

Preceded by

Johnny Gaudreau

Hobey Baker Award

2014–15

Succeeded by

Jimmy Vesey

Preceded by

Sam Anas

NCAA Ice Hockey National Rookie of the Year

2014–15

Succeeded by

Kyle Connor

Preceded by

Sam Reinhart

Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick

2015

Succeeded by

Alexander Nylander

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