Jack Eichel's 2020-21 season is officially over.
The Buffalo Sabres announced Wednesday that Eichel will not return this season due to a herniated disk in his neck. Eichel is expected to be healthy and ready for the start of the 2021-22 season.
The Buffalo captain suffered the injury back on March 7 in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders. At first, Eichel was declared out "for the foreseeable future" by former head coach Ralph Krueger.
Sportsnet hockey insider Elliotte Friedman reports that Eichel will need surgery to repair the damage in his neck, and the goal will be to get the surgery done soon so he can begin preparations for next season.
The 24-year-old's season was quite the struggle from the start.
Eichel missed the opening week of training camp due to an upper-body injury, and upon his return, still did not look himself as the season progressed. Eichel also dealt with a separate lower-body injury shortly before suffering the herniated disk.
In just 21 games this season, Eichel finished with two goals after putting up a 43-goal pace the year before. He also registered 16 assists for 18 points, which still ranks him third among players on the active roster in scoring.
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