'Communication open' between Halifax Mooseheads, top pick Jack Eichel

Two weeks after being drafted, nothing’s changed in the Halifax Mooseheads’ bid to get Jack Eichel to the QMJHL.

The 15-year-old centre, selected in the first round, 15th overall, in the QMJHL draft in Quebec City on June 9, hasn’t wavered from his commitment to play for the U.S. under-17 development team next season.

“We’ve talked with the kid and the family and the lines of communication are open,” Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell said on Monday.

On draft day, Russell described Eichel as “the best player in the draft” and said the Mooseheads were “confident” they could get the Boston University-bound teen to change his course.

Eichel finished fourth in Empire Junior Hockey League scoring last season with the Boston Bruins, piling up 86 points in just 36 games.

Russell remains hopeful the North Chelmsford, Mass., native will play for the Mooseheads, but said he will respect Eichel’s decision if he reports to the U.S. under-17 team for 2012-13.

Eichel told Metro after the draft it was a “huge honour” to be picked in the first round and that he was “willing to listen” to what the Mooseheads had to offer.

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