Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel (neck) out for season

Feb 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) on the ice for warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel will miss the remainder of the season with a herniated disc in his neck.

Sportsnet reported that the 24-year-old center will require surgery. The team said he is expected to be healthy and ready to play at the start of the 2021-22 season.

Eichel last played on March 7 in a 5-2 road loss to the New York Islanders. He appeared to injure his neck after being checked into the boards by forward Casey Cizikas late in the third period.

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Eichel finishes his sixth NHL season with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 21 games.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft has 355 points (139 goals, 216 assists) in 375 games with the Sabres.

–Field Level Media