The Sabres open their preseason schedule Monday, and Jack Eichel will be in the lineup. Coach Dan Bylsma says folks shouldn’t read too much into what does or doesn’t happen on the ice.
The Sabres will head to Minnesota and Xcel Energy Center with just 10 players categorized as NHL veterans, a number that actually includes the 2015 first-round pick. Eichel will open the game alongside training camp linemates Matt Moulson and Zemgus Girgensons.
“I don’t really think it’s his pro debut,” Bylsma said Sunday in First Niagara Center. “We’re in the start of camp. There’s 10 veterans out there. They’ve been through three hard days right now. It’s not going to be their freshest legs in that game, so I’m not looking at this game as, ‘Oh, we’re going to see something,' or, 'What is it going to show us?’
“He’s going to get a chance with the scoreboard running and different colored jerseys in the National Hockey League. He’s got to be the player that he is in that opportunity.”
Chad Johnson will start in goal for Buffalo, with Nathan Lieuwen relieving him at some point during the game.