It took three games, but Jack Eichel now has his first point at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.
Eichel, the Boston University standout projected to be the No. 2 overall pick at this June’s draft, registered an assist on Trevor Lewis’ opening tally as the U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Russia in today’s group action:
The tournament’s been an adjustment for Eichel thus far, as it’s the first time he’s played with professionals. He played 14:47 in the first game — a 5-1 win over Finland — but finished with a minus-1 rating and two PIM. In the U.S.’s second game, a 2-1 win over Norway, Eichel received more ice time (18:12) but took a pair of minor penalties.
Unlike Team Canada, the United States’ preliminary roster for the for the 2015 World Hockey Championships doesn’t feature star power up front, but the team’s defense is shaping up nicely.
Jake Gardiner, Justin Faulk, and Torey Krug were among the 15 players on USA Hockey’s initial list. The American squad will also contain a fair amount of NCAA talent, including Hobey Baker finalist Mike Reilly. Meanwhile, Mark Arcobello will play for his fifth team since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Here is Team USA’s roster so far:
Goal: Alex Lyon
Defense: Faulk, Gardiner, Krug, John Moore, Connor Murphy, Reilly
Forwards: Arcobello, Matt Hendricks, Dylan Larkin, Trevor Lewis, Jeremy Morin, Steve Moses, Dan Sexton, Ben Smith
The tournament will run from May 1-17.
After losing back-to-back games against Minnesota and Chicago, Los Angeles needed a win tonight against Edmonton. The Kings achieved that in 20 minutes. The remainder of the game was just for fun.
Los Angeles earned a 8-2 victory over Edmonton.
Every single Kings forward recorded at least a point with the lone exception of Nick Shore. Every Los Angeles player had a plus-one rating or better aside from Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, and Jarret Stoll. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Anton Lander were the only Oilers players to finish the contest with a plus/minus rating that wasn’t minus-one or lower.
Ben Scrivens got the start for Edmonton, turning aside 16 of 21 shots before being taken out of the contest. Already down 5-1 through 40 minutes, 23-year-old goaltender Tyler Bunz, who has played in just eight career AHL games, was asked to make his NHL debut against the defending Stanley Cup champions on a night where they were both hungry and clicking.
That went about as well as expected.
The idle Winnipeg Jets dropped their last two games and thanks to that the Kings’ victory tonight was enough for them to jump into the second Wild Card spot. Both squads have 90 points in 77 games, but Los Angeles has a comfortable lead in the tiebreaker ROW.
Winnipeg will have to wait until Saturday’s game against Vancouver for its chance to respond.