Going into the prospects camp for the Buffalo Sabres, all eyes were already on first rounder Jack Eichel. The 2015 second overall selection has already shined in lieu of his expectations, scoring a game winning goal in the team’s prospect tournament.
Maybe this prospect tournament is a bit low key for Eichel, who played for Team USA over in the Czech Republic just a few months ago, but it is his first time in an NHL sanctioned camp, and all signs are positive for the Sabres prospect.
On Monday night the Sabres prospects took on the Boston Bruins prospects team from the First Niagara Center. The first annual prospects challenge saw the Sabres go 2-0 overall after they defeated the New Jersey Devils on the weekend.
Eichel scored the game winner to push the Sabres past the Bruins. The game went into overtime where Eichel’s goal propelled the Sabres to an undefeated tournament.
As it is, he sent the game to overtime with a terrific assist before he scored the overtime goal when there were just 37 seconds left in the overtime period.
“I really wanted to score in Buffalo,” Eichel told the Buffalo News.
“I was on the bench after a long shift, and coach asked me if I had anything left. I figured I could go out there and see what I can do.”
Sabres prospect coach Randy Cunnyworth is excited about the prospects future for the Sabres with Eichel and the rest of the club overall.
“I think when you’ve got a real close gang of guys, nothing can stop you,” Cunneyworth said to the Buffalo News. “I think that’s part of the chore. Obviously, it has to translate to work on the ice and results, but that’s kind of the focus, bringing in a bunch of guys that want to be around each other all the time, want to work together, stick up for each other. I think that’s what you look for – and after that they go to dinner together.”