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Eichel named to 2020 Atlantic Division All-Star team

Fans can vote for Dahlin on Last Men In ballot starting Jan. 1

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

For the third year in a row, Jack Eichel will represent the Buffalo Sabres at the NHL's All-Star Weekend. 

This year's festivities will take place on Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Louis. The Skills Challenge will take place Friday night and the All-Star Game will be played on Saturday. The NHL announced the rosters for the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific division teams this afternoon.

The Atlantic Divsion roster consists of Eichel, captain David Pastrnak (BOS), forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (DET), Anthony Duclair (OTT), Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) and Auston Matthews (TOR), defensemen Shea Weber (MTL) and Victor Hedman (TBL), and goaltenders Tuukka Rask (BOS) and Frederik Andersen (TOR). 

Eichel, in his second season as Sabres captain, leads Buffalo with 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points. 

His season has been highlighted by an 18-game personal point streak, which tied the franchise record set by Gilbert Perreault in 1971-72. Eichel recorded 32 points (16+16) in that stretch. 

The streak was the NHL's fifth-longest personal point streak in the last decade, trailing only Taylor Hall (26 in 2017-18), Patrick Kane (26 in 2015-16 and 20 in 2018-19) and Sidney Crosby (25 in 2010-11).

With 24 goals in 39 games so far this season, Eichel is only four goals away from matching his previous best goal total of 28, set last season. Eichel's output through 40 team games currently has him on pace to finish the season with 50 goals and 108 points, which would be the highest goal and point totals by a Sabre since Pat LaFontaine (53+95) and Alexander Mogilny (76+51) in 1992-93. 

He could become just the fifth player in franchise history to score 50 goals. LaFontaine, Mogilny, Rick Martin (2x) and Danny Gare (2x) are the others.

Eichel also has recorded 15 multi-point games this season, tying for ninth-most in the NHL. He's second in the NHL with six multi-goal games and his eight multi-assist games are tied for fifth-most. And he's already recorded at least three points seven times this season, topping his previous career-high total (6) set in 2016-17. 

With his 50th point of the season on Dec. 17 at Toronto, Eichel became the first Sabre to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93 (LaFontaine and Mogilny). He joins Martin as the only other player in franchise history to record at least 20 goals and 50 points in each of his first five NHL seasons.

Meanwhile, defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is on the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In fan vote ballot. For the second straight season, the NHL is allowing fans to select four players from a list of 31 players - one from each NHL team as determined by the League's Hockey Operations Department. The highest vote-getters by division then will be added to their respective All-Star rosters.
 
Voting for the Last Men In opens Wednesday at noon and closes Friday, Jan. 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Dahlin is fourth in team scoring with 21 points (2+19).
 

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