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Sabres' Eichel era about to begin

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Buffalo Sabres fans are about to be rewarded for their patience. As a result of finishing in last place this past season, the team will add a player many consider to be a once-in-a-generation talent.When the National Hockey League hosts its annual player draft Friday night in Sunrise, Florida, the Buffalo Sabres are widely expected to select Boston University standout forward Jack Eichel with the second overall pick.

Adam Wodon, managing editor for CollegeHockeyNews.com, has observed Eichel on numerous occasions. He calls Eichel a well-rounded player with significant character who is ready for the NHL.

Eichel, who won the Hobey Baker award as a freshman at Boston University this past season, impressed at the NHL Combine held in Buffalo a few weeks ago. He has also played under the man who could be his next head coach, recently hired Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma, with Team USA at the IIHF World Championships.

WBFO hockey analyst Bill Hoppe previews this weekend's NHL Draft, which could include the selections of a couple of local players.

WBFO's Bill Hoppe previews the NHL Draft

You can read Bill Hoppe's work at his Buffalo Hockey Beat blog. Follow him on Twitter at @BillHoppeNHL.

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