The national hockey nightmare is over. Jack Eichel has finally been traded by the Buffalo Sabres.
The Vegas Golden Knights gave up prospect center Peyton Krebs, forward Alex Tuch, their 2022 first-round pick and 2023 second rounder for Eichel and Buffalo’s 2023 third rounder. The Golden Knights completed the deal after reports that the Flames had offered a package that included Matthew Tkachuk or Sean Monahan, plus a first-round pick and two players.
The first-round pick is “top 10 protected.” If it lands in the top 10, the Golden Knights retain it and the Sabres get the 2023 pick, plus an extra third round pick.
Even though Jack Eichel needs surgery before he can play again, this is a significant win for the Golden Knights. They are trying to win now and don’t have a true No. 1 center. Eichel is fully established as a top center. He averaged 27.4 goals per season for his first five seasons before last season’s injury-plagued campaign.
The question about whether the Sabres receive a quality return won’t be answered until Krebs is fully developed. If he ends up being a point-producing center, then the Sabres could be happy with the return as well. The 2022 draft is strong, meaning the Vegas first-round pick is a key asset.
Eichel isn’t expected to be ready to play again until February. Could he be ready to play for USA at the Olympics? Seems doubtful at this point.
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— Jack Eichel (@jackeichel) November 4, 2021
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