Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel was not on the ice with his teammates for the first practice of training camp on Friday at KeyBank Center. The team announced that he he out day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered while training.
The 24-year-old was set to skate in the first group of players on Friday, which consisted mainly of players who are fighting for a spot on the 23-man roster or the six-man taxi squad to start the season.
It was likely that Eichel was set to slot in on the top line at Friday's session with Taylor Hall on his left wing and Victor Olofsson on the right wing. Instead, it was Casey Mittelstadt who got in the first reps on the top line, while camp invitee Riley Sheahan also rotated in.
Eichel is coming off, arguably, his best season with the Sabres, where he scored 36 goals and registered 78 points in 68 games before the 2019-20 season was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the team also announced on Friday that goalie Linus Ullmark will not practice with the team as he goes through immigration issues
Group B of Friday's practice will take to the ice at 3:30 p.m. EST.