Jack Eichel’s 2021-22 NHL season — his seventh in the league — hasn’t started as planned. The 2015 second overall pick failed physically and was stripped of his captaincy with the Buffalo Sabers in September, before eventually being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in early November.
Following disc replacement surgery after the trade, Eichel was cleared to contact his new team a month ago and made his Golden Knights debut on Feb. 16. Sunday against the Ottawa Senators, the 25-year-old from North Chelmsford, Massachusetts had his first big moment in Vegas.
In nine games with the Golden Knights, Eichel now has three goals and three assists for six points.
Eichel burst onto the scene at the start of the 2015-16 campaign aged just 18. He was named a first-team All-Rookie after scoring 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points in his first season.
Eichel made his first of three consecutive All-Star teams in 2018 and had his best season statistically in 2018-19 when he scored 28 goals and set career highs in assists (54) and points (82). ) During the 2019-2020 campaign. , he ranked third in the NHL in game-winning goals (nine), eighth in goals (36) and 10h in points (78.)
Vegas is currently 32-21-4 and fifth in the Western Conference with 68 points.