He is all set for his Vegas debut
The center will be ready for youAt home Wednesday against Colorado in his first game since March 7, 2021. Eichel, then with He suffered a herniated disc in his neck that evening, and had a long disagreement with the Sabres about how to fix it. After the impasse, Eichel was traded from Vegas to Vegas in November and finally had the surgery he requested all along.
Before Eichel takes the black-and-gold for real, let's look back at his journey to Sin City. We're taking a look at the individual highs and lows of Eichel and looking back at when Eichel realized it was time to move on.
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January:Eichel, 16 years old, scores three goals in five matches to help Team USA win bronze in the IIHF Under-17 Challenge.
April:Eichel wins silver in the IIHF's under-18 showcase.
December:Eichel, 17 years old, is the youngest member of Team USA's junior team. The Americans placed fifth at the World Junior Championships.
April:Eichel leads Team USA in scoring with 10 points per game. The U.S. won the under-18 title gold medal. Eichel signs a letter stating his intent to play at Boston University after the tournament's end.
December:Eichel once again represents Team USA at the World Juniors. The U.S. placed fifth.
April 10, 2010Eichel becomes the second freshman (afterIn 1993, to As the NCAA's most valuable player. He was Hockey East’s Player of The Year, Rookie Of The Year and scoring leader.
June 26:Eichel will be the Buffalo Sabres' selectionBehind .
Oct. 10:At 18 years old, he scored his first NHL goal and became the youngest Sabre ever to achieve this feat.
March 7th:Eichel, at 19 years of age, becomes the youngest Buffalo player to achieve this milestone.
Oct. 3: Eichel signs anExtension with the Sabres
Dec. 15:Face the Herausforderung, Eichel His career.
Jan. 27-28:Eichel makes his first appearance at The.
Oct. 3:Buffalo names Eichel ahead of his fourth season as a member of the team. Eichel was just 21 at that time.Eichel stated that it was a great honor to be chosen. “I've clearly shown my commitment to this city, and I'm excited about the future.”
March 28In his 281st career match, a 5-4 overtime loss against the .
March 7th: In a collision duringFor the Eichel has a herniated disc in his neck. Coach Ralph Krueger said Eichel would be out of action “for the foreseeable”
Apr. 14: Buffalo announcesDisk issues have prevented Eichel from participating in the remainder of the season. Both sides are at an impasse over how to deal with the problem. Eichel wants to have disk-replacement surgery while the Sabres say it can be fixed through rehab and time.
May 10, 2009With the way Buffalo has treated his injury. He said that he was unhappy with the treatment of his injury. I would be lying if I said that things have been smooth since my injury. There has been some disconnect between me and the organization. It's been hard at times.
Eichel is also open to the possibility of a future. In the offseason, there is a lot of thinking. There are many things I must consider.”
Jack Eichel, Sabres' star discusses his “disconnection” with the team following his injury. This has left his future in Buffalo in doubt.
Sept. 23:After Eichel's surgery on the disk was refused by the Sabres, they vowed to keep their word.After failing a training camp physical, he is placed on long term injured reserve. The contract has five years left.
General ManagerEichel stated that Eichel is “not willing to move forward with the suggestions of our doctors” and hinted at a possible trade.
Nov. 4:A third-round selection to the , in exchange for , , a first-round and second-round pick.
Jack Eichel discusses the move to Vegas Golden Knights as well as the disk replacement surgery he received with the Sabres.
Nov. 12:Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic, Denver, performs Eichel's preferred treatment: disk replacement surgery. The operation is first ever performed on a NHL player. He was expected to require at least three months of rehabilitation.
Dec. 2:Eichel performs a light skating in North Carolina, his first practice since surgery. The Extreme Ice Center near Charlotte was reporting that Eichel was doing some rehabilitation work.
Jan. 11:Eichel is seen in a red, no contact sweater as he participates in his Golden Knights first practice.
Eichel stated after the session, “With all that I've gone through, it seems as though things are getting back on track for me.” “That's what it was all about. The recovery process has been very smooth. It's like the last few days, when I feel amazing. I feel almost like everything is back to normal.
Feb. 14:Kelly McCrimmon, Golden Knights GM, has announced thatFor the Golden Knights against the .