Sabres Eichel begins World Cup preps

MONTREAL - Jack Eichel is no stranger to the spotlight.

He's in it once again with the World Cup of Hockey set for later this month in Toronto.

Eichel is playing for Team North America, comprised of top 23-and-under talent.  That group took to the ice Monday in Montreal for its first practice in the run-up to the tournament. 

Eichel says the plan is to use youth as an advantage.

"People are probably counting us out with a lot of inexperience and being
a young team but I think in the room we know that we can be really good.  If we do the things we're supposed to we can be successful.  We're young.  I think we can use that to our advantage.  Play at a high pace... play fast... I think that's how we're going to be good."
 
Eichel is coming off a strong rookie season with the Sabres (24g, 32a) who took him second overall in the 2015 NHL draft.   Second only to Connor McDavid who went first overall to Edmonton.  They will now have the opportunity to skate as teammates.
 
"You know I had never been on the same team with him obviously. It's good for a lot of us growing up in USA Hockey and playing against all these great players from Canada and the same with them playing against us so to kind of mend and become one team for a tournament is pretty exciting."
 
North America opens pre-tournament play Thursday night in Quebec against Europe.  They open the tournament in Toronto September 18th against Finland. 
 


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