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Video: Eichel hurt at Sabres practice, helped off ice (Update)

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres takes the puck against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on January 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Sabres fans are holding their collective breath in the wake of what could be a serious injury to star sophomore Jack Eichel.

At Wednesday morning’s practice -- ahead of Thursday’s season-opener against Montreal -- Eichel rolled back on what appeared to be his left ankle, screamed out in pain and was helped off the ice.

The reaction from those in attendance:

Losing Eichel for any length of time would be a huge void to fill. As a rookie, he led the team with 24 goals last season and finished second in points, with 56.

As for tomorrow’s game against the Habs -- the Sabres were already potentially down the services big free agent signing Kyle Okposo (knee), and could now be without Eichel as well.

Update: Per head coach Dan Bylsma, Eichel did indeed suffer an ankle injury and will be evaluated this afternoon.

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