Assigned to Lake Erie (AHL) by Colorado, September 17, 2007, failed to report, was suspended by Colorado and then announced his retirement. Signed as a free agent by Florida, October 9, 2009. Traded to Vancouver by Florida with Keith Ballard for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and Vancouver's 1st round choice (Quinton Howden) in 2010 Entry Draft, June 25, 2010.
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL