Despite the Buffalo Sabres finding new ways to embarrass their fans each new game, Jack Eichel is playing as well as ever. Scoring at just under point-per-game pace, the NHL rewarded the 21-year-old for his efforts today. The league announced the rosters for the All-Star Game later this month in Tampa Bay, and Eichel was selected to be Buffalo’s representative.
Eichel has tak his game to yet another level this season and has been one of the very few positives Buffalo has had. He’s been involved in practically all the team’s offense and has elevated the performances of every player put around him. It’s an honor he is more than deserving of. I’m just amazed that he’s not being joined by Chad Johnson and Marco Scandella.
The All-Star Game has featured quite the carousel of Buffalo players over the years. The Sabres haven’t had the same All-Star representative two years in a row since Brian Campbell in 2007 and 2008. It’s been a different player every year for the last six incarnations of the event: Thomas Vanek in 2009, Tyler Ennis in 2011, Jason Pominville in 2012, Zemgus Girgensons in 2015, Ryan O’Reilly in 2016 and Kyle Okposo last season. Also, the team hasn’t had more than one representative in a single All-Star Game since the 2007 edition when Campbell, Ryan Miller and Danny Briere all started for the Eastern Conference. Perhaps it’s a microcosm of how the last decade has gone for Buffalo: not so well.
The 2018 NHL All-Star Game is January 28 at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida at 3:30 PM ET on NBC and CBC.