Botterill on Eichel: We need to help him

By Brandon J. Koch

Elliotte Friedman’s 31 thoughts this week has a lot of rich Sabres rumblings.

Friedman talks about meeting with Sabres GM Jason Botterill. They talked about Jack Eichel.

Opponents say they’ve taken advantage of Eichel’s frustration:

You just want see him have some success. We need to win games. It’s not just Jack’s team. We need to help him. Teammates need to help him. When he is challenged, he responds in a good way. You talk about changing culture. How do you do that? You can’t always just trade for it. That’s why it’s so important that Rochester made the playoffs. Those young players are going to understand what it is like to play meaningful games, what it takes to win them.”

The Sabres invested $10 million dollars a year in Jack Eichel. He’s becoming a premium player in the NHL, it’s up to Botterill in finding him help.

Friedman talks about the Sabres going forward.

Buffalo likes what it has at centre with Eichel, Mittelstadt and Ryan O’Reilly. The Sabres believe a healthy Zach Bogosian and Jake McCabe will help Brendan Guhle and Casey Nelson, because they’ll be properly slotted.

I’m not surprised about Zach Bogosian being mentioned in this. It is believed Housley is a big fan of Bogosian and wants him to stick around. I thought during the season, Bogosian would have been a prime buyout candidate. Right now that doesn’t seem like the case.

There’s plenty more Sabres topics.

Alex Nylander, CJ Smith, Sean Malone and spending money in free agency.

Here’s where you can find 31 thoughts

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