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Eichel named to NHL All-Rookie Team

Sabres center Jack Eichel has been named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team, the seventh player in Buffalo franchise history to earn the honor and the first since goaltender Jhonas Enroth in 2012. The announcement was made Wednesday night as part of the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Eichel ranked second among NHL rookies in goals (24) and points (56) while playing in 81 of Buffalo's 82 games. He was also tied for the rookie lead in power-play goals (8) and led first-year players in shots on goal (238). The 19-year-old is the youngest player in Sabres history to score 20 goals.

Eichel is joined on the All-Rookie team by Calder Trophy winner Artemi Panarin (Chicago), Edmonton's Connor McDavid, St. Louis' Colton Parayko, Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere and Anaheim's John Gibson.

Other Buffalo all-Rookie selections were Phil Housley (1983), Tom Barrasso (1984), Ray Sheppard and Calle Johansson (1988) and Tyler Myers in 2010.

Eichel finished fourth in the voting for the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the year. Panarin won it with 1,258 points. Gostisbehere had 955 and McDavid had 858. Eichel earned two first-place votes, nine seconds, 25 thirds, 72 fourths and 25 fifths).

Elsewhere among the awards, Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly finished fifth in the balloting for the Lady Byng Award for gentlemanly conduct.

 

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