BREAKING NEWS: Jack Eichel signs three-year, entry-level contract with #Sabres. Details to come. pic.twitter.com/4nDj6zWcap— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 1, 2015
Terrier freshman pheneom Jack Eichel officially signed with the Buffalo Sabres today ending his NCAA career as he begins his NHL career. As everyone knows by now, Eichel was the best player in college hockey this year for sure and maybe of all time. He had achieved everything you could look to accomplish at the NCAA level individually and the team did very well too winning the Hockey East regular and postseason titles, Beanpot and making it to the NCAA championship game in April. As a Terrier fan, I wish Jack nothing but the best as his impact will still be felt throughout the program for years to come. He made the coaching staff job easier in so many ways on the ice but also during recruiting. It probably wasn't too hard of a sell to AJ Greer , Brandon Fortunato or any other of his classmates last year on a chance to play with a player of Eichel's caliber. Now the coaching staff has continued to bring in that high level of talent but Eichel certainly was a big boost in getting that started. I'm not saying the recruiting pipeline wouldn't be as strong as it is without Eichel because this staff is the best in the country right now and it's not close but I am saying that Eichel certainly didn't hurt as he gave them another tool to recruit with.
All BU and college hockey fans should be grateful for the experience we got to witness this season with Eichel changing the hockey landscape. Every top 5 NHL draftpick recruit isn't going to major junior anymore no matter what tricks the GM's north of the border try to pull. Terrier fans should be and I know I am grateful for the year that the entire team put in this year but what I am also very thankful for(besides the trophies) is that Eichel told the CHL specifically the Q to shove it. Happy Canada Day to the entire Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Thanks Jack