BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - After missing two games due to an upper body injury Jack Eichel returned to the ice at KeyBank Center for practice. Eichel talked with the media after practice, saying he does understand he needs to be patient when it comes to his recovery.
"You guys know me, I'm a competitive guy," said Eichel. "I like to be out there every night and it kills me not to be out there, it kills me not to be playing, it kills me not to be hanging out ith these guys every day and competing so. I think the hardest thing about it is just the mental aspect and we've talked about this before the last few years just not being able to get out there and do it. It feels good to practice today, it feels good to make strides. I felt good, I'm feeling like myself again so like I said just want to try and see what tomorrow brings."
"When a guy like that goes down with an injury, everyone has to pick up the slack a little bit, especially at centerman," noted Evan Rodrigues. "We all got a pretty big bump in ice time with him out, and I think we handled it pretty well. At the same time it's obviously nice seeing him back out there."
"Anytime you get a guy back it's nice, obviously he's a big piece so we'll see how it goes," added Jeff Skinner.
The Sabres are expected to provide an update on Eichel Tuesday, ahead of the team's matchup with New Jersey.
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