The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to an eight-year, $80 million extension with Jack Eichel, the team announced on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old forward is coming off a year in which he potted 24 goals and a team-leading 57 points in an injury-shortened 61-game season, giving him 113 points in 142 career games.
"I want to be in Buffalo," Eichel said during the NHL Player Media Tour. "I want to be there for a long time. I want to be there when we're winning. I want to bring that to the city."
Eichel, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, has one year remaining on his entry-level deal which carries a salary cap hit of $925,000. When the extension kicks in for the 2018-19 season, he’ll be among the NHL’s highest-paid players at $10 million per season. Connor McDavid, the top pick in the same draft, signed an eight-year, $100 million contract over the summer that carries a league-high annual value of $12.5 million.
Eichel's agent Peter Fish told the AP he took less money to allow the Sabres more room to make moves under the salary cap.
The extension will run through 2025-26, Eichel's age 29 season.