The Vegas Golden Knights announced on Monday morning that they have placed forward Jack Eichel on the injured reserve (IR) due to a lower body ailment.
The 26-year-old Eichel originally suffered the injury back in a game on Dec. 3 versus the Detroit Red Wings, and was forced to miss the following two contests as a result. It appeared he had fully recovered, however, as he was able to return this past Friday in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers, one in which he logged north of 20 minutes in ice time in what was a 2-0 win. He reportedly re-aggravated something in that game, however, and was forced to sit out of Sunday’s tilt versus the Boston Bruins before this newest transaction to the IR.
The Golden Knights have clearly missed Eichel when not in the lineup, as they have won just one of the three games he has been forced to sit out of. That makes sense, of course, given that he leads the team in scoring with 29 points. It had been a fantastic start to the season, one in which he finally appeared to be fully healthy. The hope is that this will just be a short-term absence and he can return in the very near future, though health has been an issue with him in previous years. In the meantime, the Golden Knights will look to pick up a win with Eichel on the injured reserve Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
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