He's had personal success in five seasons with Buffalo, but it hasn't translated to winning.
Eichel put together a nice season as he finished with 36 goals and 72 points. "I'm expecting to see him as a centerpiece and a core player of our group next year".
"Listen, I'm fed up with the losing and I'm fed up and I'm frustrated", he said.More news: Xbox Games With Gold's Free Games for June Announced
The Sabers thought Eichel would help turn his fortune around when he was selected second in the 2015 NHL Draft.
He was praised by teammates for growing into his own as captain by leading by example. "I'm already back on the ice, I'm already training, I'm already doing things to try and better myself further for the start of next season whenever that is".
Eichel was humbled by the praise, and credited his development to the bond he established with Krueger, whom he called "one of the greatest natural born leaders I've ever been around".More news: Cisco snatches up network monitoring company ThousandEyes
It's the ninth straight season the Sabres will not make the playoffs, the longest active streak in the National Hockey League and they have finished no higher than 23rd in the National Hockey League, including three last-place finishes, in Ristolainen's tenure with the team. Buffalo was in contention for a playoff spot in late February before opening a four-game trip with a 3-2 loss at Colorado.
It's absolutely brutal, and as his on-the-record honesty confirmed, it's definitely taking its toll on one of the game's bright young stars.
And Eichel wasn't the only Sabre offering straight-up depressing quotes about the organizational struggles to right the ship.More news: Nationwide lockdown in containment zones extended up to June 30: MHA
"I'd be lying if I said that I'm not getting frustrated with where things are going and I think we took a step this year", Eichel said. But yeah, I'm definitely not in the best place with the last moment he was and he's definitely worn on me. There are hard times and he does an fantastic job bringing us back and narrowing our focus and getting back to where we need to be mentally. In completing his seventh season in Buffalo, Ristolainen is the team's longest-serving active player and has yet to make the playoffs. It's part of the business and I'm ready, whatever happens. "Like I said, I'm a real competitive guy. I have really enjoyed my time in Buffalo".