Jack Eichel out indefinitely with sprained ankle

Sabres center to miss 4-6 weeks.

Boston Bruins' Charlie McAvoy (73) battles Buffalo Sabres' Jack Eichel (15) for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Buffalo Sabres announced Sunday afternoon that Jack Eichel is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with a high ankle sprain.

In a press conference before the Sabres game against Colorado, head coach Phil Housley said Eichel could miss 4-6 weeks. Housley said he also believes Eichel could return before the season is over.

The biggest relief for Sabres fans is that Eichel will not need surgery.

The announcement comes a day after Eichel was hurt in the first period of Buffalo’s 4-2 win at Boston.

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