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Happy Birthday Captain Jack Eichel!



Jack Eichel second overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. Captain Jack is now in his fifth season as a member of the Buffalo Sabres and has only gotten better each and every time he is out on the ice. Here are some of Jack Eichel’s finest moments as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

First Career Hat Trick

Jack Eichel’s first (and so far only) career hat trick came on December 15th, 2017, in a 5-4 OT loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Eichel said after the game that he was “feeling it” on that specific day. The hat trick was probably one of the few Sabres highlights from the 2017-18 season as outside of Eichel’s feat, it was a season to forget. Still, Captain Jack gave Buffalo something to cheer for every now and again.

Named Buffalo Sabres Captain

Before the 2018-19 season began, Eichel changed his jersey number from 15 to 9. During that same period, Eichel was named the Captain of the Buffalo Sabres after Buffalo had gone a season without one. Considering that Eichel signed a 8 year contract just the year before, showed that everything Buffalo has planned for the future, starts with Jack Eichel.

100th Career Goal

At the end of the 2018-19 season, Eichel accomplished his 100th career goal. With Captain Jack being only 22 at the time, Sabres fans have dreams of Eichel one day reaching 500. While 500 isn’t guaranteed, 100 is a great start and in a forgettable 2018-19 season, Eichel gave us something to remember right at the end.

Happy birthday Jack Eichel, and thanks for all the memories. Here’s to all the ones that are yet to be made!

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Ducks 2020 Draft Spotlight: Noel Gunler Adds Offensive Creativity to 1st Round




LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – DECEMBER 03: #8 Noel Gunler of Lulea HF warms up prior to the Champions Hockey League match between Lausanne HC and Lulea HF at Vaudoise Arena on December 3, 2019, in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Photo by RvS.Media/Monika Majer/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks’ recent point streak has slightly changed their overall projected draft spot. Swedish winger, Noel Gunler, could be worth considering.

The recent point streak by the Anaheim Ducks has slightly changed the environment the team may be working under when the 2020 NHL Entry Draft comes along. That is to say, it’s realistically pushed them out of the top of the draft, although there is a chance the ping pong balls will bounce in their favor. Specifically, gives them an 8.5% chance at the 1st overall pick and an 8.9% chance at 3rd overall.

It’s a small chance that is dwarfed by the bottom 3 teams in the league, but it’s still a chance. More realistically, however, the Ducks are likely to pick between #5 and #7 overall. gives the Ducks a 23% chance at the 4th overall pick, while gives the Ducks a 34.5% chance at the #6 pick, and a 26.7% chance at the #7 selection.

Given the overwhelming chance that the Ducks will be selecting in the portion of the draft, today’s draft profile is going to seem a little out of the box. However, what are the chances they keep winning games? Low? High? Who knows! But, we should be ready just in case.

With that in mind I’ll be looking at the player Anaheim Ducks fans will inevitably and affectionately call “the Big Gun.” That’s right, Swedish winger, Noel Gunler, is in the spotlight.

Gunler is one of the oldest players first-time eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, being born October 7th, 2001 (on my sister’s birthday, so according to his horoscope, he’s trouble). An offensively orientated player who can play on either wing, Gunler may have the most complete offensive game amongst draft-eligible prospects.

Noel Gunler Profile

Born: October 07, 2001 (18 yo), Lulea, Sweden

Nation: Sweden
Draft Year Team: Luleå HF (SHL)

Position: RW (primarily)/LW
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2”/187 cm
Weight: 176 lbs/80 kg

Scoring history for each season can be found at

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Boston Bruins: Recent mean streak a sign that the Bruins mean business




The Boston Bruins have been upped the ante in recent weeks, showing a mean streak befitting of play-off hockey.

Suddenly no team is willing to take a run at the Boston Bruins, which is a distinct shift from the earlier part of the season. The team is truly showing it’s determination as a group to avenge last year’s Stanley Cup Final loss.

Yes, we may be taking a few more penalties, but no player is allowed near our goalie, no check is going to go without one in return.

You only need look at the way the Boston Bruins swarmed Edmonton Oilers’ winger Alex Chiasson after he hit Matt Grzelyck nastily last game to realise that this whole team is in it for each other and determined to go all the way.

Among the three Boston Bruins players that went over to Chiasson to share their displeasure was young defenseman Jeremy Lauzon.

He is exactly the sort of player we’ve been waiting for on the blue-line, playing with some real edge to his game and it could very well be that he proves as good as any trade deadline acquisition in terms of adding physicality and a bit of sandpaper to the third pairing.

Obviously, he still needs to ensure he finds balance in his hitting and physical play as we don’t want any further suspensions. If you recall, he spent two games watching on after a late check to Coyotes’ center, Derek Stepan a week or so ago.

Far from just being the one player stepping up though, it’s been the whole team. Brad Marchand is back doing what he does best; getting under people’s skin, both on the score-sheet and in general.

You only need see the war or words in the media between him and the Rangers’ Ryan Lindgren to know that he’s back to being the pest we love. Exactly the player that teams won’t want to face in the play-offs!

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Nobody has been allowed near Tuukka Rask since his most recent concussion and if anyone does encroach, they promptly feel the wrath of a Boston Bruins player. This is how we need to be to ensure he’s protected ahead of hopefully another deep play-off run.

Across the whole line-up, you’re seeing Boston Bruins players taking it up a notch; Zdeno Chara may have apologised to Brendan Gallagher since cross-checking him somewhat dangerously on the chin/throat, but on the ice, safe to say he meant it.

Brandon Carlo got into it earlier this month with the Jets’ Gabriel Bourque and has been laying hits for fun, namely a great open-ice one on Chicago’s Jonathan Toews the other week.

Next: Who are the alternatives if there’s no Chris Kreider trade?

Name a player and you can guarantee they’re doing something to demonstrate that the Boston Bruins are determined to do whatever it takes to get back to the Stanley Cup Final this year and go all the way.

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Zdeno Chara deserved to be fined for cross-checking

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