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On the fourth day of Christmas..

Counting down twelve wishes for the Buffalo Sabres this holiday

NHL: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

You’ve all heard "The Twelve Days of Christmas", an English Christmas carol that’s been around for a couple of centuries now. Here’s a version from the Radio City Rockettes Christamas Spectacular, for a guy who is nothing less than spectacular -

4. A clone for Jack Eichel

The Buffalo Sabres selected Jack Eichel second overall in the 2015 NHL Draft amidst widespread disappointment that he wasn’t Connor McDavid, but he is a star in his own right and the Sabres have quickly grown to be reliant on the forward.

Eich had 24G and 32A in 81 games played last season for a pretty bad Buffalo team. He was unfortunately injured just before the beginning of this season, and immediately the prospects of the Sabres making the playoffs this season took a nosedive. Once the season started, a few more injuries to critical players all but ensured that.

By the time he returned to the ice, Buffalo were rooted firmly to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with just a 7-9-5 record and 19 points in 21 games. With that anemic sub-2 goal scoring rate, it was looking more like Nolan Patrick than NHL Playoffs at the time.

However, since then the Sabres have been surging, going 5-2-1 and scoring at a decent 3.25 goals per game. The team is playing like a team, and because/in spite of Dan Byslma’s constant tinkering of the lines, they actually seem to be gelling into some kind of form this holiday season.

So seeing how important Eichel is to the Sabres playoff (and beyond) hopes, we’re wishing for a clone of Jack Eichel for replacement limbs, organs and other vital body parts (like that wrist)! Any time he starts showing signs of being even fading slightly, zip zip, replace that and we’ve got an immortal Eichel!

PS - I’ve changed the order of the posts; my super-smart wife kindly pointed out to me that I was actually counting the days down opposite to what the song suggests, duh!