Jack Eichel has been nothing but consistent in the NHL Network's annual rankings of the top centers in the league.
Eichel, the Sabres' captain, was No. 15 when the list was revealed Sunday. Eichel also was ranked No. 15 last season and was No. 14 in 2017.
"He's only getting better, and as his team gets better, in large part because he will continue to get better, then maybe the recognition will climb up a little bit," NHL Network analyst Mike Johnson said on NHL.com. "I would be disappointed if I don't see him score 30-plus goals this year to go with his 85 or so points."
Eichel had career highs in goals with 28, assists with 54 and points with 82 last season, with 27 multipoint games, also a career high.
"He's their offensive catalyst, but I think this year, as much as he does on the ice, he's got to continue to get better off the ice," Johnson said. "Be a leader, be the captain and help lead the Buffalo franchise back to prominence, because their fans deserve it."
The NHL Network is continuing the series weekly with the top 20 wings, top 20 defensemen and top 10 goalies and will begin a five-part series ranking the top 50 players in the league beginning Sept. 1.
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