2014 U18 Video: Jack Eichel, USA

By Chapin Landvogt

Jack Eichel - Team USA

Photo: Team USA forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel is slated to attend Boston University starting in the fall of 2014 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After losing out to Canada in last year's gold medal game at the IIHF U18 World Championship, Team USA defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2, to earn their fifth gold medal in six years at this event.

The U.S. jumped out to a 3-1 lead over the Czechs in the first period and never looked back. Forward Auston Matthews scored two goals in the win, while Jack Dougherty, Sonny Milano, and Dylan Larkin tallied the other markers. The U.S. outshot the Czechs, 41-17

Although he didn't net a goal in the gold medal game, forward Jack Eichel picked up an assist to tie for the team lead in points (10) with Milano. In seven games, Eichel scored five goals and added five assists while posting a +6 rating.

Eichel spent much of the 2013-14 season with the U.S. NTDP squad that competed in the USHL. In 24 USHL games, Eichel scored 20 goals and added 25 assists for 45 points while putting up a +20 rating. The Chelmsford, MA native is considered a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Hockey's Future spoke with Eichel following the gold medal win over the Czech Republic, a conversation that can be viewed in this HF video.

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