Surgery goes well for Eichel as Golden Knights centre prepares to rehab

On this edition of After Hours, Scott Oake and Iain MacIntyre chat with Vegas Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon about acquiring Jack Eichel, lessons he learned from his time with the Brandon Wheat Kings, and more.

Jack Eichel was up and walking around after his artificial disk replacement surgery was completed.

The surgery on his neck, which was performed by Dr. Chad Prusmack at Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic in Denver on Friday, lasted almost an hour and 15 minutes, and early reports say that the procedure went well, Sportsnet's Jeff Marek said on the 32 Thoughts segment of Hockey Night in Canada.

Eichel started his rehab on Saturday, and will continue doing so in Denver on Sunday and Monday.

"He was up and feeling great after," Marek said. "Then he'll fly to Carolina, where he'll be under the care of Dr. Mark Lindsay, who you may know that name – he helped Connor McDavid with his knee injury. He'll be with Dr. Lindsay for the next three weeks and the team is still hoping to have Eichel back in the next three months."

Lindsay also helped Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey, the 1996 Olympic 100-metre champ, with his injury rehab.

The 25-year-old Eichel was obtained by the Vegas Golden Knights two weeks ago in a blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres after a stalemate caused by the centre's preference to have the ADR surgery, which had never been performed on an active NHL player.

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