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Jack Eichel's recovery 'progressing quite nicely'

Sabres center, out with high ankle sprain, to see doctor

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Center Jack Eichel is making progress in his return from the left high ankle sprain he sustained four weeks ago, Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday.

"Jack just hit four weeks today," Bylsma said of Eichel's injury, which occurred on Oct. 12. "He is seeing the doctor today and a possibility of progressing in his workouts and where he might be."

Eichel has been off the ice since the injury, which occurred at practice one day before the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. He was in a walking boot for almost two weeks following the injury but has made steady progress in recovery since.

Bylsma said there's no definite date for Eichel to resume skating.

"I don't want to suggest that it's going to be today, tomorrow or the next day that he's getting on the ice," Bylsma said. "He's progressing quite nicely. He's been working out at another level the last four or five days and hopefully he continues to progress to getting to the ice soon."

Eichel led the Sabres with 24 goals last season as a rookie, and his 56 points were second to Ryan O'Reilly, who had 60.

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