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Eichel signs with Sabres, finalizing jump to the NHL

Jack Eichel has dropped plenty of hints about his future plans. He made the jump to the NHL official Wednesday.

The Sabres have signed the No. 2 overall pick to a three-year, entry-level contract. The rookie maximum carries a yearly salary of $925,000, but bonuses can put his contract in the range of $3 million per season.

During the buildup to the NHL Draft, Eichel had refused to announce whether he would leave Boston University after his freshman season. However, he said last week he wanted to "work hard and try to make the NHL next year and try to be an impact player” and how "the next step is just trying to make the NHL.”

He'll make it. The Sabres have him penciled in as their No. 2 center behind Ryan O'Reilly.

The Sabres are also in the process of getting a contract for O'Reilly. He is entering the final season of a two-year, $12 million. Wednesday was the first day he and the Sabres were able to sign an extension.

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