Sabres get early look at Jack Eichel’s impact

‘”Obviously there were a little bit of nerves in the beginning, first game,” Eichel said. “It’s something you dreamed of your whole life. But I think as I shook them off throughout the game, I started to get a little better. And I think I played pretty well in the third period. But obviously there’s a lot of things I’d like to work on. As a team there’s a lot of things to work on to get better.”‘

Jack Eichel could usher in new era for Sabres, American hockey

‘Then there’s the power in his skating stride. His ability to separate in fewer steps than the average player is one of the reasons he could succeed early and produce at a rate higher than most rookies. Just watch him pull away here…’.

Jack Eichel brings hope, excitement in first NHL game with Sabres

‘“There’s a lot of guys playing tonight in the NHL,” he said without a crack of a smile. “He’s one of them, and I’m one of them. I’m just going to focus on the Sabres and our team and our game against the Ottawa Senators.”’

Eichel scores but Sabres fall 3-1

‘There it is! Jack Eichel takes a perfect pass from Marcus Foligno across the ice and buries a wrist shot in the top corner of the net on the power play. The arena is ROCKING right now.’

Eichel scores first goal, but Sabres lose to Senators

‘”That was a close call, but it was the right call,” Girgensons said. “It’s something new, and I bet some other days it’s going to be the other way.”‘

Sabres forward Jack Eichel scores in NHL debut

‘”We didn’t see him skate in the first two periods. We didn’t see him use his speed. But again, that was like our entire team. The third period was a lot different. He’s big bodied. He won pucks with his size and speed and his long reach.”‘

Sabres goalie Lehner leaves opener with injury

‘Lehner was hunched over after he made a save against Senators forward Mark Stone and appeared to favor his left leg. Lehner skated off the ice but was helped to the bench by a trainer.’

Eichel scores but Sabres drop season opener to Ottawa

‘“I think just our compete wasn’t there, we weren’t hard enough on the puck,” Sabres forward Evander Kane said after the loss. “They outworked us, outskated us and obviously there was a higher sense of urgency in the third period and we need to have that from the start.”’

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Finally, the Eichel era dawns for Sabres

‘”It went fine. We talked a lot about training camp,” Eichel said of the conversation. “I don’t really think I want to ease into the season. No one wants to ease into anything. I want to get out there and make an impression, make an impact right away. From my first shift, I want to do something positive to help this team win. Whatever that is. They want me to make an impact and I’m going to do my best to do that.”‘

Bylsma eager to step back behind an NHL bench

‘“It’s not quite like coaching your first game,” Bylsma said. “But there is a high level of excitement, getting ready for this game and the season to start.”’

‘Eich Daddy’ burger highlights new Sabres concessions

‘The burger modifies the classic combo of all-beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato by throwing on Thousand Island dressing, guacamole and a fried egg. Sitting on a brioche roll, the burger is one of the bolder taste options in the corrugated cardboard-bound world of stadium eats.’

Don Cherry is liking new look of Buffalo Sabres

‘“I’m picking on Hockey Night in Canada that Buffalo will be the most improved team in the National Hockey League,’’ Cherry, 81, said. “I love all the moves. I give Murray a tough time for a few things, but I’ve got to give him credit. If he gets Evander Kane straightened out, every guy he’s got is a character guy. So I’m picking the Sabres to be the most improved and as you know, I’m never wrong.’’’

Jack Eichel just one big piece for Sabres

‘At least six players, including Kane and O’Reilly, will make their Sabres debut tonight inside the First Niagara Center. Dan Bylsma, meanwhile, will coach his first NHL game since May 14, 2014.’

Sabres’ Jack Eichel ready to switch to No. 15

‘“He’s going to change, although he thought maybe he had done pretty well in training camp and he shouldn’t change,” he said. “I told him he played bad last game and freed him up to change.”’