Jack Eichel aims for a better second season with the Golden Knights

The 2021-22 NHL season has been disappointing, to say the least, for the Vegas Golden Knights. One of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season was when the Pacific Division titan acquired star forward Jack Eichel from the Buffalo Sabers — a move that was expected to rejuvenate Vegas’ forward offense and revamp the Eichel’s career.

But even Eichel now admits that last season fell short of expectations, both of the public and of his own. But this year is going to be different.

“Look, I’m not going to make excuses,” Eichel told NHL.com. “I don’t think I played well last year in terms of expectations of myself, and I’m sure the public opinion is probably quite similar. They expect more of me, and rightly so.”

To be fair, Eichel didn’t have a completely wasted season. After making his debut in February following artificial disc replacement surgery, the 25-year-old forward has 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 34 games. While that’s pretty remarkable for a player who’s had a major medical procedure, Eichel is still grateful to have had the time this offseason to completely right the ship.

“I was injured for a long time before I had surgery, and you build a lot of compensations, and you get into a lot of bad patterns and other things start to kick in,” Eichel said. “So it’s been a great summer of trying to unravel a lot of things that maybe came with the injury, and giving myself more time to heal and more time to do rehab and keep trying to feel as much as myself as I can.”

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