The Jack Eichel Experience carries over to full season mode

Back in November, the Golden Knights made a deal with the Buffalo Sabers where they acquired Jack Eichel from Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch along with a first round pick. At the time of the trade, Eichel was on the long-term injured list after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc. On February 16 of the last season, in a match against the Colorado Avalanche, Eshel made his Vegas debut. Four days later, the Massachusetts native scored his first two points as a Golden Knight with a goal and an assist against the San Jose Sharks.

This is part of a series of profile features on the full Golden Knights roster ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Jack Eichel File
6’2 | 215 | Shoots: the correct | center
hometown: North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA | Date of Birth: 10/28/96
Draft status: The second in general | First Round (2015) – Buffalo Sabers
How it was obtained: trade | under control through: 2025-26
22 – 23: $10 million | 23 – 24: $10 million | ’24-25: $10 million | “25 – “26: $10 million

April 12, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel (9) tackles the puck against the Vancouver Canucks in the second half at Rogers Arena. Mandatory credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Jacques Eichel predictions in 2022-23

In earnest, Eichel’s time to make his mark on the Golden Knights franchise will begin in October, which will be his first full season with the club. In less than half a season with Vegas, recently, the athlete Poll fans on their thoughts on Eichel with the Golden Knights. Most of the fans believe that he will be the scoring leader of the team. The expectation is that he has exceeded 80 points for the season. With that in mind, his season-high was 82 points with the Sabers during the 2018-19 season.

With the addition of Phil Kessel to the roster, players like Eichel will get the veteran’s extra locker room to rely on for guidance through the season. The roster is certainly already full of Stanley Cup veterans and coaches, and the difference between Buffalo and Vegas should make a difference in several key areas including motivation and aggressiveness. It also helps Eichel that he has a new coach in Bruce Cassidy who likes to play an aggressive style of hockey.

The whole caveat with Eichel and the Golden Knights is that they are for all intents and purposes married to each other for the next four seasons. The former Hobey Baker Award winner is guaranteed $10 million a season and has a no-trade clause attached to his contract. In Buffalo, Eichel was treated as the franchise player. It wouldn’t be any different in Vegas.

Part of the reason why the majority of fans disapprove of Eichel’s trade is the huge salary that comes with the 25-year-old center. For Eichel, this season will ultimately define his career. Last season when he scored, the Golden Knights were 9-4-0. When at least one point was scored from Eichel’s stick, the team was 11-7-2. And when Eichel went scoreless, the Golden Knights were 3-11-1.

Player stats

2015-16 | BUF | 81 GP (24 g 32 a) 56 points, 22 PIM
2016-17 | BUF | 61 GP (24 g 33 a) 57 points, 22 PIM
2017-18 | BUF | 67 GP (25 g 39 a) 64 points, 32 PIM
2018-19 | BUF | 77 GP (28 g 54 a) 82 points, 26 PIM
2019-20 | BUF | 68 GP (36 g 42 a) 78 points, 34 PIM
2020-21 | BUF | 21 GP (2 g 16 a) 18 points, 6 PIM
2021-22 | VGK | 34 GP (14 g 11 a) 25 points, 10 PIM
job numbers
7 NHL Seasons | 409 GP (153 g 227 a) 380 points, 152 PIM

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