Claimed by Pittsburgh from NY Rangers in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1998. Claimed by Atlanta from Pittsburgh in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to hand injury vs. NY Rangers, October 17, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Florida, September, 2000. Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from Florida, November 1, 2000. Traded to Toronto by Tampa Bay for Konstantin Kalmikov, February 20, 2001.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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