Sabres announce team award winners for 2019-20 season

By WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Sabres announced some players awards on Monday handed out to a few players for their efforts in the 2019-20 season.

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— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) August 10, 2020

Sabres captain Jack Eichel was the only player to come away with two team honors as he was named the Foundation Man of the Year, as well as the Most Valuable Player.

In the 2019-20 season, Eichel was on-pace to set a new career-high in points with 93 points in 81 games played. His 78 points in 68 games had the 23-year-old ranked 10th in league scoring. Eichel had set a career-high in goals this season with 36, and was on pace to score 43 before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the regular season. His 36 goals ranked eighth overall in the NHL, and he also ranked fifth in the league with seven multi-goal games.

This season was an electric one for Eichel, who recorded three separate point streaks of seven or more games. This included a 17-game point streak that came up one game short of Gilbert Perreault's franchise record. However, this only happened because he missed the chance of the 18th game due to an illness on Dec. 19.

Going back to the 2017-18 season, this is the third consecutive season that Eichel has been named the team's Most Valuable Player.

Eichel also made a number of contributions to the Buffalo community with his involvement with Best Buddies WNY, the Courage of Carly Fund at Roswell Park, and Breaking Barriers Buffalo. One of his most notable contribution came during the COVID-19 pandemic when he donated 5,000 Bauer face shields to Buffalo hospitals.

For his contributions this season to the community, Eichel was named as the team's nominee for the King Clancy Trophy, given to the player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” This is his second consecutive year where he has represented the Sabres as the nominee for the award.
This year's winner of the King Clancy Trophy will a $25,000 donation from the NHL to a charity or charities of their choice. The two runners up will receive $5,000 to a charity of their choice.

Congratulations to @Jackeichel15, our 2019-20 Foundation Man of the Year! --Details:

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) August 10, 2020

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The 2019-20 season was another trying one for forward Kyle Okposo, who missed 17 games due to injuries again, including another concussion. However, in 52 games, the 32-year-old managed to re-kindle his game a bit with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points while playing with Johan Larsson and Zemgus Girgensons. 

For his play in this season, Okposo was named as the team's Unsung Hero.

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— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) August 10, 2020

As for Olofsson, he was named as the team's Rookie of the Year after an impressive first full season in the NHL. 

In 54 games played this season, Olofsson was able to reach the 20-goal mark, while also compiling 22 assists for 42 points. His 20 goals ranked second among all rookies in the NHL behind Chicago Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik, while his 42 points was tied for the fourth-highest mark among all rookies in the NHL with New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox.

It was possible that Olofsson was going to be a finalist for the Calder Trophy this season if an ankle injury had not forced him to miss 15 games in January and February. The 24-year-old was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for both the months of October and December, and was on-pace to score 25 goals and amass 27 assists for 52 points in 67 games.

Our Rookie of the Year is @vickeo, of course. --Details:

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) August 10, 2020

In one other bit of Sabres news, the team is expected to release its new royal blue home and away uniforms Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.