They’re already calling it the signature moment of Jack Eichel‘s first NHL campaign.
And, to be honest, it’s a hard claim to argue against.
Eichel, the second overall pick at last year’s draft, continued his terrific rookie season on Saturday afternoon, scoring with one second left in overtime to give Buffalo a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The goal was Eichel’s second of the game and 22nd of the season. That moved him into sole possession of second place among freshman goalscorers, trailing only Chicago’s Artemi Panarin (who has 25).
Some Eichel factoids to throw your way:
It’s also probably worth noting that Eichel is the only rookie forward in the NHL this season to average more than 19 minutes per game. Really speaks to the trust level head coach Dan Bylsma has in Eichel — in all situations.