Eichel Competes in NHL ASG Skills Competition

January 28, 2018

By Mike Jafari @mjafariWGR

The annual 2018 NHL All-Stars Skills Competition was held in Tampa Bay, Florida on Saturday night, with one Buffalo Sabre taking part in the event.

Jack Eichel was the lone Sabre at this year's festivities, and the star center competed in the Fastest Skater challenge.  Eichel finished third, completing the lap at 13.828 seconds, behind Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, who clocked in at 13.579 seconds and winner Connor McDavid at 13.454 seconds.  McDavid is the first player in NHL history to win the Fastest Skater event in back-to-back years.

Alex Pietrangelo won the passing challenge, completing the course in dominant time of 46.610.  Eric Staal was second with a time of 54.679.

Vegas Golden Knights Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury won the save streak challenge, as he put on a show with a streak of 14 straight saves against the NHL's best.

The puck control relay was next with Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau taking home the crown, needing just 24.65 seconds to take the event.

Some might think 32-year-old Alex Ovechkin would lose some zip on his shot as he grows older, but that wasn't the case on Saturday night when he won the hardest shot challenge with a blazing 101.3 mph slapper.

The event concluded with the Accuracy Shooting challenge, where Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser bested them all, completing the challenge in just 11.136 seconds.  Boeser also broke one of the electronic targets in the event.

Up next is the NHL All-Star Game which gets underway Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM.  Stay tuned to WGR for the latest.