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All About Jack Eichel

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Jack Eichel is 17 and recently began attending freshman classes at Boston University. But he will be the central figure in the N.H.L. season that begins Wednesday.

If you are not a hockey fan, you may not have heard of Eichel. Those who have seen him, though, already compare him to players like Mike Modano, Patrick Kane, Evgeni Malkin and even Mario Lemieux.

“His first two strides are as explosive as I’ve ever seen at this level,” said Jim Johannson, a USA Hockey executive since 2000.

Kevin Prendergast, an N.H.L. scout and front office executive for 30 years, said: “It’s not just his speed; it’s his skill, his hockey sense. It doesn’t even look like he’s trying, but the puck comes to him. He makes things happen.”

Ed Olczyk, who won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994, said, “His reach — I haven’t seen anything like it since Mario.”

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MoreShoot's avatar

It’s the next next one!  joy.

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/03/14 at 09:13 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

As longs as he has a better mentor and isn’t thrust into a captaincy like Rosby was, more like the handling of Stamkos let’s say, he might not become Crosby 2.0.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 10/03/14 at 11:44 AM ET

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