BUFFALO -- The building blocks of the Buffalo Sabres future were on display at the annual Blue & Gold scrimmage Friday.
The Blue team, led by the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Sam Reinhart, defeated the Gold team, led by the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, Jack Eichel, 5-2 in front of 17,115 fans at First Niagara Center.
Eichel's first appearance for the Sabres in front of the fans in Buffalo came with a lot of attention. Eichel was drafted behind Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid after a season when they were the top two prospects. Eichel didn't score and did not have an assist Friday, but from the moment he took the ice, and throughout the game, he was the center of attention.
"It was good to get out there and play a game," said Eichel, whose Boston University season ended April 11 when it lost to Providence College in the NCAA championship. "It's a tough game to play. I feel like I've been bouncing around everywhere lately. I haven't been able to settle into a groove of training and skating. I haven't been on the ice as much as I wanted.
"There were good things; there were things I want to get better. Overall it was a great experience to play in front of the fans and wear that jersey for the first time in a game. It was a great experience."