Sabres cen­ter Eichel hurts left leg in prac­tice

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

BUF­FALO, N.Y. >> Buf­falo Sabres cen­ter Jack Eichel is out in­def­i­nitely after in­jur­ing his left an­kle dur­ing prac­tice Wednes­day.

Coach Dan Bylsma said the team does not yet know the ex­tent of Eichel’s in­jury.

“He’s go­ing to get eval­u­ated this af­ter­noon,” Bylsma said. “We’re go­ing to calm down here, let him get eval­u­ated and see the ex­tent of him turn­ing it.”

Eichel was in front of the net when he got tan­gled up with a de­fense­man and his leg buck­led be­neath him.

He lay on the ice and grabbed his leg in pain as the team cir­cled around him. Eichel was un­able to put any weight on his leg as team­mates helped him off the ice.

The in­jury oc­curred with less than 10 min­utes re­main­ing in prac­tice, Bylsma said, and a day be­fore the Sabres open the sea­son host­ing the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens.

“It’s the cusp and eve of start­ing a new sea­son, one we are all look­ing for­ward too, and I think that’s why it takes the wind out of the sails of the arena to­day,” Bylsma said.

Eichel is key to the Sabres fu­ture after be­ing se­lected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft.

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