Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres didn’t have a great 2016-17 season. The Sabres missed the playoffs by a large margin, finishing with just 33 wins and 78 points, good for the fourth worst record in the NHL. Individually, Eichel played well but also missed 21 games early in the season due to an ankle injury.
He returned to score 24 goals and 57 total points in the 61 games he did play in, but it wasn’t even close to enough to get the Sabres into playoff contention. To make matters worse, Eichel’s entry level contract pays him just under $1 million for the season. However, there are performance incentive clauses built in, which would see Eichel earn a $2 million bonus for finishing in the top ten among NHL scorers in points per game.
Just one problem:
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Eichel missed out on the top ten by .01 points per game. The player who bested him actually waited until the very last game of the season to overtake the Buffalo centerman, as Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl tallied two points in the Oilers’ final regular season game against the Canucks on the weekend to leapfrog Eichel.
Eichel is still just 20-years-old and will likely earn numerous big money contracts before his days in the NHL are eventually over. Still though, losing $2 million by .01 of a stat point has to sting a little.