Jack Eichel Injury: Updates on Sabres Star’s Ankle and Return
Buffalo Sabres star center Jack Eichel suffered a high ankle sprain during practice Wednesday and had to be helped off the ice. It is uncertain when he will return to action.
Continue for updates.
Eichel Comments on Return Timeline
Friday, Oct. 14
Eichel told reporters that he didn't want to rush back and have to sit out again. He added that he wants to make sure he's 100 percent before returning.
Latest on Eichel's Timeline for Return
Thursday, Oct. 13
Head coach Dan Bylsma told reporters that Eichel has a "moderate" high ankle sprain and is out "certainly more weeks than days."
Bob McKenzie of TSN reported Wednesday that Eichel is expected to miss at least four to six weeks, adding that it could be longer.
Eichel Leaves Practice After Scary Incident
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Tom Martin of WIVB noted that the whole team surrounded the center after he went down during the training session ahead of Thursday's season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. John Vogl of the Buffalo News provided further details along with a look at Eichel on the ice:
Eichel Looking to Build on Stellar Rookie Season
Eichel represented the ultimate consolation prize for the Sabres after they lost the draft lottery last year, which sent fellow top prospect Connor McDavid to the Edmonton Oilers. Eichel ended up scoring 56 points in 81 games as a rookie and was expected to take a leap forward in his sophomore season.
With the Boston University product expected to miss time, it'll likely lead to a more expanded role for Zemgus Girgensons. Eichel's absence would also put more pressure on the Sabres' secondary scoring contributors, a group that features Marcus Foligno and Brian Gionta, among others.
That said, the team's offensive attack isn't the same without Eichel's combination of power and speed to create scoring chances. That was on full display when he missed a game during his first season with the flu.
An extended absence would be a massive blow to Buffalo's playoff hopes, as the franchise was looking to turn the corner after an extensive rebuild.
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