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Eichel named to NHL Network’s Top 50 Players List

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Eichel makes the list for the second straight season.

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For the second straight season, Jack Eichel has been named to the NHL Network’s Top 50 Players Right Now list.

Eichel, ranked 45th last season, moved up three spots in this year’s list.

Ranking 42nd overall, Eichel finds himself sandwiched between forward Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils and goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.

This is the second list that Eichel found himself on this offseason, after being ranked 15th in the NHL Network’s Top 20 Centers Right Now last month.

Nine-year NHL veteran Brian Lawton had high praise for Eichel when speaking of his selection to the “Top 50” list.

“The fact of the matter is he can turn it up a notch with his skating,” Lawton said. “He is an excellent skater, so smooth, so deceptive. …There’s not a lot of players in the National Hockey League that can make this play, one-on-three again, slip through the hole and bury it. …When it’s all said and done, Jack Eichel’s gonna be one of the elite – and I mean, top-five centers – in the National Hockey League. He’s still a work in progress but he absolutely deserves to be right where he is at 42.”

The remaining episodes will air each Sunday on the NHL Network starting on September 8 and ending with the top ten players on September 29.