Jack Eichel (via Bauer/Twitter)
Jack Eichel has already become an overtime hero in Buffalo. In the Sabres’ prospect tournament finale, Eichel flew down the right wing and fired home a perfect shot to win the tournament for Buffalo with less than a minute remaining in the extra frame.
It’s not the Stanley Cup and the Sabres won’t get any points in the regular season standings, but Jack Eichel has already come up with some heroics in Buffalo.
At the Sabres’ prospect tournament finale Monday night, Buffalo’s prospect squad took on Boston’s prospects in a contest to determine who the winner of the three-team tournament would be. The Sabres were down 2-0 after the first frame, but cut the lead to 2-1 in the second frame. That’s when Eichel made two special plays worthy of the hype that comes along with being the second-overall selection at the 2015 draft.
In the third, with Buffalo down 2-1, Eichel received a pass on the left wing and walked in to the Bruins’ left-wing faceoff circle before delivering a picture perfect cross-ice saucer pass that landed right on the tape of Brycen Martin. Martin made no mistake, firing home the game-tying goal.
Then, in overtime, Eichel showed one more glimpse of his ability. Take a look at the 1:02-mark of the video:
With less than 45 seconds remaining in the 3-on-3 overtime, Eichel — who is wearing No. 41 for the prospects tournament, not the No. 15 he’ll wear should he make the Sabres — burst down the right wing, out-skated Bruins left winger Anton Blidh and fired the puck top shelf, blocker side to capture the prospects tournament for the Sabres.
“The puck went in the corner, it was kind of a weird play, but I thought the guy was gonna get it and I don’t know if he took a bad angle but it was almost like we were in a foot race,” Eichel told sabres.com’s Jourdon LaBarber. “I was able to just push it behind him and kind of break away a little bit and then able to get a shot away.”
And what a shot it was. If Eichel keeps this up, Sabres fans aren’t going to be too concerned about missing out on the first overall selection and the chance at drafting Connor McDavid.