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Jack Eichel’s Next Team Odds: What is Eichel’s Future?

Where will Jack Eichel be traded? Jack Eichel's next team odds are available now

Just how tough are things for Buffalo Sabres fans right now? Jack Eichel’s next team odds are now available in part because of how poor the Sabres have been in recent years. The Sabres have not made the playoffs since the 2010-11 season and finished with the worst record in the NHL this year with just 37 points in 56 games. That record included an 18-game losing streak midseason in the shortened year.

 Now, Eichel and the club are reportedly at odds over how to handle the herniated disk in his neck that may require surgery. Eichel has reportedly expressed that he would like to have surgery but that the Sabres do not necessarily share the same opinion.

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“I would say I’ve been a bit upset about the way that things have been handled since I’ve been hurt,” Eichel said after the season. “I’d be lying to say that things have moved smoothly since my injury. So yeah, I think that there’s been a bit of a disconnect from the organization a bit and myself. It’s been tough at times.”

This saga has been carrying on for the better part of the last year, and Eichel’s future with the team is totally up in the air as a result.

Jack Eichel’s next team odds are available now at online sportsbook Bovada as oddsmakers have responded to the situation. 

Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds:

Jack Eichel’s Next Team Odds

Betting Odds for Jack Eichel’s Next Team
TeamOdds
Buffalo Sabres+125
New York Rangers+170
Los Angeles Kings+400
Detroit Red Wings+600
Columbus Blue Jackets+800
Minnesota Wild+1200
Anaheim Ducks+1600

Odds as of May 20 at Bovada

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Sabres GM Speaks Out About Eichel

Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams spoke with the media after the season and addressed concerns over Eichel’s future with the Sabres and his injury situation.

“We all want the same thing when it comes to Jack Eichel’s health. We want Eichel to be healthy and playing on top of his game,” Adams said. “He’s the captain of our team. He’s a great hockey player. I enjoy Jack. Where we go from here, nothing’s going to change for me personally.” 

He added thoughts on his excitement around the team’s young core, while adding an ominous comment about Eichel’s future with the club: “We are going to get this right with the people who want to be here,” he said.

Potential Landing Spots

Best Bet: The New York Rangers

Jack Eichel’s next team odds are headlined by the New York Rangers at +170. Other than the Sabres, the Rangers have the best odds to secure Eichel through a trade – and with good reason. The Blueshirts fired head coach David Quinn and general manager Jeff Gorton after the season, reportedly because of a disagreement about how quickly the team’s rebuild is going. It has become clear that Rangers ownership is unhappy with the Rangers missing the playoffs and wants to get the team over the hump quickly.

Insert Jack Eichel. Adding a top-flight center like Eichel would immediately improve the team’s playoff chances, and the Rangers have more than enough pieces to make it happen. Whether it means sending back a top-six center like Mika Zibanejad or packaging some younger players together (2019 second overall pick Kaapo Kakko and defenseman K’Andre Miller come to mind), few teams have the assets to put together a deal as strong as what the Rangers could offer.

Los Angeles Kings 

When betting on Jack Eichel’s next team, the Kings must be a top option at +400. Like the Rangers, the Kings have more than enough assets to get a deal done. The questions for Los Angeles are twofold. One, is it too early in the team’s rebuild to make this kind of blockbuster deal? The team finished 14 points outside the final playoff spot in the West Division and will likely not compete for a playoff run in the next couple of seasons. Does it make sense to bring Eichel into that situation?

The other question is whether L.A. would be willing to part with 2020 second overall pick Quinton Byfield. The six-foot-four center would certainly be a player the Sabres want back, but the 18-year-old is brimming with potential and might be a better fit for the Kings’ timeline than Eichel.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild had a great season and are a well-rounded team that plays strong defense. But there is no true top-line center on this team. The Wild do not have the kind of organizational wealth of talent enjoyed by New York or L.A., and we don’t know if general manager Bill Guerin would have the appetite to trade the farm for one player.

But adding Eichel to a line with dynamic winger Kirill Kaprizov would push this team to legitimate Cup contender status. At +1200, the Wild are a great option if looking to bet on Jack Eichel’s next team.

Long Shots

Anaheim Ducks

Similar to the Kings, the Ducks (+1600) are in the midst of a rebuild and have the young assets to present a solid offer. General manager Bob Murray is also known as a swing-for-the-fences type who is not afraid to make a big move. However, all signs point to this team trying to draft, develop and build for the future and it seems unlikely they would be willing to trade away the young talent they have to become Jack Eichel’s next team.

Montreal Canadiens

Because why not? While the Habs are currently off the board, we would not be surprised to see them jump into the conversation depending on how they fare in the playoffs. Fans may not want to hear names like Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki or Alexander Romanov thrown around in trade scenarios, but there is no doubt Montreal has the pieces to get a deal done to secure Jack Eichel’s services.

Eichel would be the top-line center long sought by the organization and it would jump-start the playoff chances for a team with a couple of aging stars and an impatient fan base.