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.
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