Sabres star Jack Eichel admits he's frustrated with losing seasons

Ruben Hill
May 29, 2020

"It's been a tough couple of months, it's been a tough five years with where things have went".

The Sabres' season came to an end Tuesday with the NHL's announcement that it will resume play with a 24-team playoff format.

Where they've gone is essentially nowhere for the 23-year-old Eichel, who was celebrated as the franchise's key building block after being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. "It's definitely not an easy pill to swallow right now". "I'm already back on the ice, I'm already training, I'm already doing things to try and better myself further for the start of next season whenever that is".

"I've already started preparing for next season now", Eichel said. "I'm not a season-ticket holder and would've considered it this upcoming season had things been dealt with differently by the owners".

Making his situation even more bittersweet is seeing friends, former teammates, even rivals, get a taste of the postseason.

It wasn't until he was asked to assess the future of a team that's not made the playoffs during his five-year tenure, when Eichel let loose.

Unlike Eichel, both will play in the 2020 qualifying round.

"It's real hard [to see that]", he said.

"I'm a competitor", he said. I want to win at everything I do. It's tough to be here in Sweden when all my Swedish buddies are going back and playing and I'm staying here in Sweden and not playing.

Eichel said he remains dedicated to finding a way to lead his team to success.

"Some of these teams who going to keep playing, they thought they were completely out of it and now they have an opportunity to play more games", he said. And we're not one of them. "So it does add to the frustration a lot".

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The Buffalo Sabres were officially eliminated from the playoffs for the ninth straight season this week and captain Jack Eichel has had enough. Eichel praised coach Ralph Krueger for his work during his first season on the Buffalo bench. The drought continues despite steady statistical improvement by the forward, who finished this season with 78 points (career-high 36 goals, 42 assists) in just 68 games. He does so much for our group every day and there are tough times and he does an fantastic job of bringing up back in and narrowing our focus and getting us back to where we need to be. There are tough times and he does an incredible job of bringing us back in and narrowing our focus and getting us back to where we need to be mentally. The few times I've spoken with him during this (COVID-19) quarantine, it's been good. "It pisses me off a little bit actually to not play now", Dahlin said. "It's definitely worn on me".

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