Go ahead, give him keys to the City.
Make him Mayor of Buffalo.
Anoint him League MVP, or for that matter, King of the Universe.
It’s clear, with Jack Eichel in the lineup, the Sabres will be winning their remaining 59 games. It’ll give them 68 victories and 141 points for the season, besting their 2006-07 President’s Cup year when they posted 53 wins and 113 points. It’ll be an all-new high for franchise wins and points.
Forget scary good. This is off-the-charts-crazy good.
Based on analytics, Jack is projected to put up 91.5 goals and 30.5 assists for 122 points over this shortened season. And yes, he will somehow find a way to score half a goal and register half an assist.
Expect power play goals. Game tying goals. Game winners. He’ll be notching them by the dozens.
In the coming weeks, Jack may play center. Or wing. Even defense. He’s unstoppable. Come to think of it, he’ll probably suit up and play goalie. Often on the same shift. After all, he is unstoppable.
Right now, Jack is walking on water. Actually he’s skating on ice, but let’s not get all scientific. He’s sparked the imaginations of an entire fan base and awakened his teammates. He can do no wrong. That penalty in his first game back against Ottawa, when he “inadvertently” flipped the puck over the glass? Totally planned. He wanted to do that. It was all a ploy to set up some adversity and bring out his team’s best.
Soak it up, Sabres fans. You’re witnessing something special.