Jack Eichel will be playing in his first NHL All-Star Game.
The forward earned the honor for the first time in his three-year NHL career and is the lone representative for the Buffalo Sabres at this season's event.
Eichel leads the Sabres in goals (17), assists (22) and points (39). He will be part of the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 27-28 at Amalie Arena in Tampa which again will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format. Teams are competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize pool.
Eichel is part of the Atlantic Division team, coached by Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also on the team are forwards Aleksander Barkov (Florida), Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay), Brad Marchand (Boston), Auston Matthews (Toronto), and Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay), defensemen Mike Green (Detroit), Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay) and Erik Karlsson (Ottawa), and goalies Carey Price (Montreal) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay). The coach is Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay.
The rest of the all-stars are:
Metropolitan Division: Forwards: Josh Bailey (Islanders), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Taylor Hall (New Jersey), Alex Ovechkin (Washington), John Tavares (Islanders). Defensemen: Noah Hanifin (Carolina), Seth Jones (Columbus), Kris Letang (Pittsburgh). Goalies: Braden Holtby (Washington), Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers). Coach: Barry Trotz (Washington).
Central Division: Forwards: Patrick Kane (Chicago), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado), Brayden Schenn, (St. Louis), Tyler Seguin (Dallas), Eric Staal (Minnesota), Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg). Defensemen: John Klingberg (Dallas), Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis), P.K. Subban (Nashville). Goalies: Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg), Pekka Rinne (Nashville). Coach: Peter Laviolette (Nashville).
Pacific Division: Forwards: Brock Boeser (Vancouver), Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), Connor McDavid (Edmonton), James Neal (Vegas), Rickard Rakell (Anaheim), Brent Burns (San Jose). Defensemen: Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona). Goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles). Coach: Gerard Gallant (Vegas).
While the passion was there and the execution of plays started to get a little better, the latest injury may spell more bad news for the Sabres.
Zach Bogosian was battling with Evander Kane along the boards for the puck during Tuesday's practice in KeyBank Center. The two became tangled. Bogosian went down and stayed down. He was helped off the ice, unable to put pressure on his left leg.
"You know it was weird, we were just kind of battling and got tangled up and we were both falling and obviously he was in some discomfort and just kind of a freak accident," Kane said. "I've played with him my whole career and he's had some tough breaks; hopefully this one is [not] too bad and he'll be back out there soon."
Housley had no update on Bogosian after practice but did say defensemen Rasmas Ristolainen and Marco Scandella were missing from practice for maintenance days.
Jacob Josefson was also out after blocking a shot with his right foot in Tuesday's game. Housley said he's day to day.
If you love the look of the Sabres Winter Classic jersey, you'll get three chances to see the team wear them in KeyBank Center this year. The team announced it will wear that uniform style on Feb. 8 (vs. the New York Islanders), Feb. 19 (vs. the Washington Capitals), and April 4 (vs. the Ottawa Senators).
The Feb. 19 game will also feature a Winter Classic jersey themed towel giveaway for fans. Meanwhile on April 4, which also is Fan Appreciation Night, select fans will receive the Winter Classic style jerseys worn by the players that night during the team's annual "Jersey Off My Back" promotion.