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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25:  Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres takes the puck against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 25, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Video: Eichel hurt at Sabres practice, helped off ice (Update)


Sabres fans are holding their collective breath in the wake of what could be a serious injury to star sophomore Jack Eichel.

At Wednesday morning’s practice — ahead of Thursday’s season-opener against Montreal — Eichel rolled back on what appeared to be his left ankle, screamed out in pain and was helped off the ice.

The reaction from those in attendance:

Losing Eichel for any length of time would be a huge void to fill. As a rookie, he led the team with 24 goals last season and finished second in points, with 56.

As for tomorrow’s game against the Habs — the Sabres were already potentially down the services big free agent signing Kyle Okposo (knee), and could now be without Eichel as well.

Update: Per head coach Dan Bylsma, Eichel did indeed suffer an ankle injury and will be evaluated this afternoon.

Related: Price (flu) expected to miss Habs’ season-opener

Here are all 30 of your opening-night rosters

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On Wednesday — THE START OF HOCKEY SEASON, WOOOO — the NHL announced opening-night rosters for all 30 teams. You can find them here. Do note that some players who’ve recently agreed to terms, but whose contracts had not yet been approved by the league, are not included.

For example, Rasmus Ristolainen isn’t on the Buffalo roster. Nikita Kucherov isn’t on the Bolts roster, either.

We spent most of the last 48 hours covering all the significant moves from across the league. Here are some of the highlights:

Unfamiliar faces at forward as Chicago sets roster

Konecny and Provorov, both 19, make Flyers

Mitch Marner cracks Toronto’s roster

Stars pencil in Seguin for opening night

Isles roster features two 19-year-olds, three goalies

Kids are all right: Strome, Crouse, Chychrun and Dvorak make Coyotes

Rangers waive Gerbe and Glass, get set for opening night

Here are all the latest waiver claims:

Wild get Pulkkinen from Red Wings

Pens scoop backup goalie Condon

Devils get veteran winger Parenteau from Isles

Toronto snares former OHL London sniper Griffith

‘Canes add defensive depth in Dahlbeck

And finally, some last-minute signings (other than Ristolainen and Kucherov, mentioned above):

Flames ink Versteeg, Grossmann to one-year deals

Banged-up Stars ink Korpikoski

Kings sign Setoguchi

Avalanche sign a pair of Bourque

‘Canes bring aboard former Flames d-man Nakladal

Kids are all right: Strome, Crouse, Chychrun and Dvorak make Coyotes roster

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Say this about the Arizona Coyotes — they’re going to be exciting to watch.

After stockpiling young talent via the draft and trades, Arizona will open the campaign with an incredibly youth-laden roster — fitting for a team run by the NHL’s youngest GM, John Chayka.

First, the newbies: 18-year-old Jakob Chychrun (16th overall, ’16), 19-year-old Dylan Strome (third overall, ’15), 19-year-old Lawson Crouse (11th overall, ’15) and 20-year-old Christian Dvorak (58th overall, ’14) are all set to make their big league debuts when the Coyotes open against Philly on Saturday.

They’ll be joined by the “old guard” — Max Domi (21 years old), Anthony Duclair (21) and Laurent Dauphin (21), all of whom have varied experience at the NHL level.

It’s an attention-grabbing bit of news from the desert, to say the least.

Head coach Dave Tippett will have his work cut out for him this season. Chychrun, Strome, Crouse and Dvorak are all making the leap directly from junior hockey, and there’s bound to be a significant learning curve ahead.

That said, Tippett seems ready for the challenge.

Aside from being regarded as one of the NHL’s best coaches, Tippett gained some valuable experience coaching younger players at the World Cup, where he was on Todd McLellan’s Team North America staff.

“Young or old, you just want good players,” Tippett said following the tourney, per TSN. “And so many of the young players today are very good players.”

Fleury fails to crack ‘Canes roster, but McKeown makes it (for now)

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We’ve written plenty about Carolina’s promising young blueline, one that, last year, featured the likes of Noah Hanifin, Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk — all aged 24 or younger.

The youth didn’t stop there, either, as several other young prospects were knocking at the door.

But on Monday the knocking stopped for a few.

The notables? Haydn Fleury, the seventh overall pick in 2014, who was demoted to AHL Charlotte and Trevor Carrick, the 22-year-old that made his NHL debut last season.

A third good young d-man, Roland McKeown, is sticking around — but nobody’s sure for how long. The ‘Canes added a pair of veteran defensemen in recent days (Klas Dahlbeck via waivers, Jakub Nakladal via free agency) and Nakladal’s status is “non-roster” due to immigration issues.

Fleury, 20, will no doubt be disappointed by today’s development, though it’s hardly a disastrous setback. The ‘Canes have been pretty methodical in bringing him along — Fleury played four full years with WHL Red Deer — and he’s barely spent any time in the American League.

In that light, going to Charlotte is probably a good thing.

Overall, today’s moves still give the ‘Canes a very young, very exciting outlook for the season. We’ve already mentioned the youth on defense, and the forwards aren’t much older: Sebastian Aho, Elias Lindholm, Phil Di Guiseppe, Viktor Rask, Teuvo Teravainen and Martin Frk are all 23 or younger.

Isles roster features two 19-year-olds — and three goalies

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 05:  Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 5, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After a busy last couple days in Brooklyn, the Isles have their opening night roster.

And it’s a unique one, to say the least.

As expected, 19-year-olds Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier — the 16th and 28th overall picks at the 2015 draft — have cracked the 23-man list, after PA Parenteau was claimed off waivers by New Jersey and d-men Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock were sent to AHL Bridgeport.

(Veteran forward Eric Boulton was placed on IR with a lower-body injury.)

In net, the Isles forged ahead with their three-goalie system: JF Berube, Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak are all still around, and head coach Jack Capuano added some intrigue when he said Halak might not be ready for Thursday’s season opener against the Rangers at MSG.

While that initially caused some consternation — Halak is fairly injury-prone — Newsday quickly calmed things down by reporting that Halak is sick, not injured.

So when the dust settled, New York emerged with a roster comprised of the three goalies, 14 forwards and six defensemen.

Today’s demotions would suggest that Pelech and Pulock will be the first called upon should Capuano need blueline help, or injuries hit one of Johnny Boychuk, Calvin de Haan, Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey, Nick Leddy or Dennis Seidenberg.