It’s been a trying year for Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres, and unfortunately for the New York-based franchise that’s nothing new.

The Sabres are once again in the cellars of the league, with a measly 60-points representing the worst record in the league by a few games, with only a few games left. For promising superstar Jack Eichel, it is extremely frustrating. Some manage to bite their tongue when the media asks them about their team’s struggles, others don’t hold back.

Eichel wasn’t going to hold back after losing 6-3 to another bottom-feeding team, the Detroit Red Wings, as he accused his team of taking shifts off and not caring enough.


While Eichel has dealt with some injuries this year, he’s certainly not making excuses. The forward has a respectable 57 points in 62 games, which is pretty good considering his situation, but he’s certainly not walking around patting himself on the back.

While top two 2016 draft superstars Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine are playoff bound as members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets respectively, the powerhouse dichotomy of 2015 number one and two overall picks Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are struggling through the 2017-18 campaign.

Just goes to show you that a playoff team is more than just one superstar.


Maybe next year, Jack. For now, just hope for a little help from the draft lottery.

(H/T John Vogl, Buffalo News)