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Eichel: “Buffalo I’m Coming For Ya”

h_butoday_IMG_2835Jack Eichel had his coming out party to the Buffalo media and public yesterday, just hours after signing an entry level contract and officially becoming a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

It was a packed gallery at the First Niagara Center, with more than a few fans and passersby peering through the windows in the arena pavilion trying to get a glimpse of Buffalo’s future superstar. He said all the right things, saying how great Buffalo is a city, challenging himself by stating that he still needs to earn a spot on the team, and politely referring to Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray as “Mr. Murray”.

So the entire exchange yesterday just begged the question.. what about the video?

We all remember the video clip that went viral on YouTube last winter. It showed Jack Eichel, presumably at a party and having a good time, then exclaiming the words, “Buffalo I’m coming for Ya”, before taking a swig of his Bud Light. Let’s not even raise the issue that Eichel is 18 years old and the legal drinking age is 21.

The video became quite the sensation. At that time, the Sabres were well on their way to the bottom of the standings, and a 20% chance to secure the top pick in the NHL draft. Which would also translate into an 80% chance of getting the second pick. Conventional wisdom had McDavid going first and Eichel going second.

Were the planets aligning, and did Eichel sense at the time that Buffalo would be his ultimate destination?

Eichel grimaced a bit, but then caught his sense of composure and replied, “It was a spur of the moment video.” He then added, “More of the sense that I wanted to be a part of this organization, all the pieces fell the way I wanted to and I couldn’t be more happy with the situation I’m in.”

And that was that. Next question.