Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel is sick of losing. He's tired of watching other teams and players, especially his peers, pass him and the Sabres by. Connor McDavid, the only player selected before Eichel in the 2015 NHL Draft, took the Edmonton Oilers to the Western Conference Second Round last season and won the Hart Trophy. Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, helped the Toronto Maple Leafs to their first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since 2013 and won the Calder Trophy. Meanwhile, Eichel, entering his third NHL season and reportedly negotiating terms on an eight-year contract extension that would begin next season, has played two losing seasons with the Sabres. After last season, the Sabres fired coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray, replacing them with Phil Housley and Jason Botterill. "It's all new," said Eichel, who declined to discuss the contract negotiations. And so too is Eichel's hope for the Sabres, for what may be to come this season and beyond, such as ending Buffalo's playoff drought at six seasons. Eichel, who had 57 points (24 goals, 33 assists) in 61 games last season, isn't making any predictions, but his optimism was evident last month at the Commonwealth Avenue Charity Hockey Game at Boston University, where he played one season before arriving in Buffalo.
Eichel: Sabres 'think we can be a playoff team'
NHL.com | Aug 16