Greg Royce, the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting, wasn’t sure how the team should handle its introduction to Jack Eichel. Everyone knows Buffalo will draft the center with the second overall pick this month, so when the team interviewed him this week at the NHL Scouting Combine, there were questions whether they should just welcome him to the organization.
General Manager Tim Murray said nope, let’s quiz him like any other prospect.
“To his credit, he went through it,” Royce said in First Niagara Center. “He seemed a little bit nervous, but I think he wanted to impress us, like this is probably the place that I’m going to end up.
“It was good interaction. He stuck around a little while afterward and we had lunch with him. He’s very excited about the possibility of Buffalo.”
Buffalo, of course, is very excited about a future with Eichel. Murray said on WGR-AM 550 that Eichel told the Sabres he is the best player in the draft.
“You watch him and you just shake your head, ‘How does he do that?’” Royce said. “You have to replay it in your mind. His ability to pull away from back pressure and his skating, it’s elite already for the NHL. His ability to make plays where there was nothing, his hockey sense and skills, he’s going to be a very exciting player that Buffalo is going to be able to enjoy for many years.”