Broken Knights: Jack Eichel injury prognosis not promising

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Mar 10, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) before a face-off during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden Knights are already playing without eight regulars including captain Mark Stone, wingers Max Pacioretty and Reilly Smith, plus goaltender Robin Lehner.

You can now add Jack Eichel to the list as he could be out for an extended period of time.

“I haven’t had a group face as much adversity as this group’s had thrown at them,” coach Peter DeBoer said via NHL.com. “They keep showing up and giving us what they have, and I’m proud of them.”

Jack Eichel injury means he could miss some games

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Mar 6, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) touches gloves with Vegas Golden Knights mascot “Chance” after being named first star of a game against the Ottawa Senators at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Eichel got hit in the right wrist area blocking a MacKenzie Weegar shot with five minutes to go in the second period. He went to the locker room briefly, bent over and holding his arm, before returning to finish the period.

“He didn’t come back, so obviously that’s not good,” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer said. “He’ll get evaluated and we’ll know more (Friday).”

On Friday, the head coach gave a not too promising update on Eichel’s injury.

“It could be anywhere from a couple of days to more than that,” he said, while adding it was a “huge concern.”

Eichel, 25, has 10 points in 15 games with the Golden Knights so far this season.

Vegas obtained Eichel in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 4 for a package that included Alex Tuch and Peyton Krebs. He had 139 goals and 216 assists in 375 games with the Sabres and is viewed as the kind of impact player that could help Golden Knights owner Bill Foley reach his goal of winning a Stanley Cup in the team’s first five years.

Depending on the final prognosis of this injury, that goal make take another hit.

The NHL Trade Deadline is just 3 days away. Can Vegas deal their way out of the injury bug? We will see.