Sabres Shutout Leafs: BU Teammates Eichel and Rodrigues Shine
by Ted Mallwitz - posted 11:03 am, September 30, 2015
The Fall temps may be cooling, but it’s heating up in Hockey Heaven with another impressive preseason victory for the Sabres. For the fifth game in a row the the team tallied a shorthanded goal coming from none other than BU phenom Jack Eichel who started off the scoring with a breakaway goal. Now some of us hockey bums may be used to seeing the fleet-footed skills of players like Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall, but what is so impressive about Eichel is that his skating is deceptively quick. Watching the video below, you can’t even tell he’s moving that fast until he’s gone (watch the defender for an object of reference as he’s taking almost double the strides to chase Eich). Is Eich Wally West or Barry Allen, either way this kid gives the Flash a run for his money.
Eichel was not the only standout in Tuesday’s game against the Leafs. His former Boston University teammate Evan Rodrigues scored two goals on four shots and finished the game as a +2. The undrafted Rodrigues excelled as Eichel’s linemate at BU and last night he showed the skill that caught GM Tim Murray’s eye in signing him. With the Sabres forward depth at a bit of a logjam, expect to see him wowing Amerks fans in Rochester, but easily slotting in as a forward call up in the bottom six for the Sabres this season.
Lastly, I hate to end on a negative tone because there’s so much to be positive about this season, but Leafs defensemen Dion Phaneuf landed a questionable and punishing hit on Brendan Guhle last night. We’ve seen this before and we will see it again. Phaneuf has a long history of sneakily getting away with cheap shots (Boarding Nathan Gerbe from behind just after he returned from back surgery) so this is nothing new to us. In the video below, obviously Guhle has a responsibility to keep his head up on this play, but isn’t some of the onus on Phaneuf for recognizing that Guhle is in a vulnerable position that could result in an ugly injury? Phaneuf’s feet also appear to leave the ice at the point of impact (watch closely) which is clearly a punishable infraction. Let’s get more eyes on this. I want to know what you think.
Phaneuf hit: a clean hockey-play or another cheap shot from “Princess Dion”?