There were a lot of NHL players that started the season either sick or injured. The list included Carey Price, Sidney Crosby, and Patrice Bergeron. However, those players made their season debuts long ago while Buffalo's Jack Eichel has missed the first several weeks of the season with a high-ankle sprain. According to a recent report from NHL.com (November 28th), the 2nd year man could play for the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night when the team travels to Ottawa.

Injury updates have been ambiguous

Dan Bylsma, the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, was pretty ambiguous when it came to the now-historical updates.

When the Injury originally happened Bylsma said "Jack Eichel does have a moderate high ankle sprain. It's certainly more weeks than days at this point" (October 12th). Those "weeks" almost turned into months as the injury's two month 'anniversary' is just a couple weeks away.

Bylsma updated the injury earlier this month with more non-precise language: "I don't want to suggest that it's going to be today, tomorrow or the next day that he's getting on the ice," Bylsma said earlier in November. "(Jack Eichel is) progressing quite nicely. He's been working out at another level the last four or five days and hopefully he continues to progress to getting to the ice soon."

On Monday, an unauthored NHL.com article claimed the following in its headline: "Jack Eichel of Sabres could make season debut Tuesday." The November 28th article cites Eichel as opposed to Bylsma: "I feel good.

I'm moving. There's no real restrictions, so I feel pretty good right now. ...Who knows what will happen tomorrow night? It's more than 24 hours away. All I can say is I felt good."

Buffalo Sabres need Jack Eichel

The Buffalo Sabres definitely are in need of help. Their very-early games in the NHL season were not bad, however they have gone 2-5-3 over their last 10 games.

That gives them just a 7-9-5 record on the season, good enough only to sit above one another team in the Eastern Conference (ie. the New York Islanders). Where Buffalo go with Eichel remains to be seen, however they have to welcome any kind of injection of talent as there are already seven teams between them and playoff positioning.

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