Eichel signs pro con­tract with Sabres

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

BUF­FALO, N.Y. — Jack Eichel is ea­ger to be­gin his NHL ca­reer. Eichel, the 18-year-old cen­tre se­lected sec­ond over­all by the Buf­falo Sabres in last week’s draft, signed his first pro­fes­sional con­tract Wed­nes­day, opt­ing to skip his fi­nal three years of col­lege hockey. “I couldn’t be more ex­cited about it,” Eichel said dur­ing his in­tro­duc­tory press con­fer­ence at First Ni­a­gara Cen­ter. “Look­ing at the Sabres’ or­ga­ni­za­tion, there’s such a bright fu­ture here. It seemed like a no-brainer. It’s been a dream to po­ten­tially be play­ing pro­fes­sional hockey, and I’m go­ing to do ev­ery­thing in my power to make an im­pact for the Sabres next year.” Eichel had 26 goals in 40 games with Bos­ton Univer­sity and be­came the sec­ond fresh­man ever to win the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in col­lege hockey. The As­so­ci­ated Press


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