Timeline of Jack Eichel’s hockey career before his Vegas Golden Knights debut

Jack EichelHe is all set for his Vegas debut

The center will be ready for you Golden KnightsAt home Wednesday against Colorado in his first game since March 7, 2021. Eichel, then with Buffalo SabresHe 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.

Timeline of Jack Eichel's hockey career before his Vegas Golden Knights debut


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 (after Paul KariyaIn 1993, to win the Hobey Baker AwardAs 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' selection second overall in the entry draftBehind Connor McDavid.

Oct. 10: Eichel makes his NHL debutAt 18 years old, he scored his first NHL goal and became the youngest Sabre ever to achieve this feat.


March 7th: Scoring his 20th goal of the seasonEichel, at 19 years of age, becomes the youngest Buffalo player to achieve this milestone.


Oct. 3: Eichel signs an eight-year, $80 million contractExtension with the Sabres

Dec. 15:Face the Herausforderung Carolina Hurricanes, Eichel notches the first hat trickHis career.


Jan. 27-28:Eichel makes his first appearance at The NHL All-Star Weekend.

Oct. 3:Buffalo names Eichel ahead of his fourth season as a member of the team. Eichel was just 21 at that time. as its captainEichel 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 28 Eichel scores his 100th NHL goalIn his 281st career match, a 5-4 overtime loss against the Detroit Red Wings.


March 7th: In a collision during Buffalo's gameFor the New York IslandersEichel has a herniated disc in his neck. Coach Ralph Krueger said Eichel would be out of action “for the foreseeable”

Apr. 14: Buffalo announces Eichel will not returnDisk 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, 2009 Eichel voices displeasureWith 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. strip him of the team's captaincyAfter failing a training camp physical, he is placed on long term injured reserve. The contract has five years left.

General Manager Kevyn AdamsEichel stated that Eichel is “not willing to move forward with the suggestions of our doctors” and hinted at a possible trade.

Nov. 4: Buffalo trades EichelA third-round selection to the Vegas Golden Knights, in exchange for Alex Tuch, Peyton Krebs, 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 that Eichel will make his debutFor the Golden Knights against the Colorado Avalanche.

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