For a fifth straight season, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres will not be playing in the postseason.
And their captain is understandably sick of the losing.
During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, the 23-year-old admitted that he's simply fed up and frustrated. Eichel added how the past five years have been "tough" and shared his view that he and his teammates are missing out on a "valuable experience" by not being a part of the NHL's Return To Play Plan.
But despite his frustrations, Eichel ended the call with complete class.
Eichel enjoyed his personal best season with 36 goals and 42 assists in just 68 games, and a +5 plus/minus rating; the first total above zero of his career. The next highest point total belonged to Sam Reinhart with 50. Buffalo finished the regular season 21st in goals for (193) and 20th in goals against (215), but despite their struggles, Eichel fully supports his head coach Ralph Krueger.
It's unclear when the Return To Play Plan will take place but you just know Eichel is going to be watching with fire in his stomach. We can't wait until this guy finally gets his shot to compete in spring (or this case summer? Fall?!) hockey.
(H/T Michael Traikos)