The Buffalo Sabres decided to lock up their franchise player in Jack Eichel to a lucrative deal worth $10MM on an annual base per year over the next eight seasons. Kathryn Tappen of NBC Sports first reported the deal was being finalized with Darren Dreger of TSN reporting that the deal was officially finished.
However, the Sabres locked Eichel up at the right time, before he puts up bigger and better numbers in his first two years in the NHL.
In addition, Eichel has already piled up 48 goals and 65 assists for 113 points in his young and bright career.
He missed the Sabres’ first 21 games last year with an injury, but had an excellent season by registering 24 goals and 33 assists for 57 points, which was a point higher than his rookie season (56). Also, Eichel registered better numbers during his sophomore season than his rookie campaign and played in less games.
The 20-year old cornerstone piece will also be named the Sabres’ team captain, which is a tough task for a 20-year old superstar. He will gain lots of knowledge on how to become a great team captain from Jason Pominville, who was Buffalo’s captain back during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.
Finally, the former 2015 second overall pick will look to end the Sabres playoff drought and lead them to a successful season in his third year in the league. The last time the Sabres made the playoffs was back during the 2010-2011 season.