MALMO, SWEDEN - Now that Jack Eichel has introduced himself on the world junior stage, he wants to take his act a little closer to home.
The United States were eliminated from the 2014 world junior championship on Thursday after a 5-3 loss against Russia in a quarterfinal, a setback that happened after the U.S. gave up a couple of 5-on-3 power-play goals in the second period.
But though the Americans weren’t able to follow up on their gold medal of a year ago, there is optimism for the 2015 tournament in Toronto and Montreal.
And it’s well-placed, because Eichel is the guy at the forefront.
The 17-year-old had five points in five games for the U.S., and has served notice that he will gain plenty of attention for the 2015 NHL draft. Whether he can overtake Canada’s Connor McDavid remains to be seen.