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.