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Sabres expecting massive crowd for Eichel vs. Reinhart scrimmage

The Buffalo Sabres are nearing ticket sales of 15,000 for Friday’s Blue & Gold scrimmage. The tickets, which run $10 a pop, will get fans their first glimpse of Jack Eichel as his Sabres prospect squad takes on another featuring 2014 second overall pick Sam Reinhart.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

While a final count has yet to be determined, the Buffalo Sabres are set to welcome a crowd for Jack Eichel’s scrimmage debut that rivals a home game for the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Arizona Coyotes or even the Winnipeg Jets.

That’s right: the Sabres are expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,000 to 15,000 fans to be in attendance Friday when a prospect team featuring Eichel, the second overall selection in the 2015 draft, takes on another squad that starring 2014 second overall pick Sam Reinhart.

Suffice to say, Buffalo’s a tad excited. Then again, so is Eichel.

“It seems like I’ve been doing the media tour, doing a million things and there’s nothing I love more than to just play hockey,” Eichel told The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington. “Nothing I love more than preparing for a game and just playing. The atmosphere and the feeling of playing against another team and trying to win a game…I imagine there will be a lot of people here and I can’t wait for the opportunity.”

The Sabres are cashing in on Eichelmania, too, as the team is charging $10 a seat to get in to the Blue & Gold scrimmage, which will be a three-period, 60-minute contest between the Sabres’ prospects. At somewhere in the neighborhood of 14,000 fans, that’s a significant chunk of change coming Buffalo’s way.

One would imagine that more than a few Eichel jerseys – he announced Friday he’ll be wearing No. 15 for the club – will be on display, and up for sale, at the Friday evening game, too.

The Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports Eichel will suit up on a squad that features former Boston University teammate Evan Rodrigues and Nick Baptiste. Reinhart’s squad will have Hudson Fasching and William Carrier.

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