Sam Reinhart - Photo Courtesy of whl.ca

Sam Reinhart, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 165

Born: 1995-11-06

Hometown: North Vancouver, BC, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Buffalo Sabres, 2nd overall

 

 

 

 

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August 2014- Sam Reinhart is taking part in Team Canada's Summer Evaluation Camp again which begins August 3rd. There are 41 players invited in total with 11 of them being returning members from last years disappointing fourth place finishers. Reinhart obviously will have his sights set on making the Buffalo Sabres but a nice consolation prize will be there for him with the opportunity of leading Team Canada on home soil to a hopeful gold medal finish. Travis Watson

 

July 2014- Buffalo has signed Sam Reinhart, the second overall selection from the 2014 NHL draft to a three-year entry-level deal. Reinhart is coming off a season in which he was named the WHL Player of the Year as well as the CHL Most Sportsmanlike player and is looking to keep that momentum going. Hopefully, right into an opening day roster spot with the Sabres. Sam has a great chance at making the team out of camp due to Buffalo's lack of elite talent but they don't want to rush a player if they truly arn't ready ala Mikhail Grigorenko. The knock that has been against Reinhart is that he's not a dynamic enough skater but where he lacks in skating he makes up for in IQ, work ethic and high-end skill that is sorely needed for the NHL's lowest scoring team from last season. Reinhart is a game-changer and he has the potential to put up 70 points next season but keep in mind that 60 points by a rookie has only been eclipsed four times in the past seven seasons coming from the likes of Nathan Mackinnon, Jeff Skinner, Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom. Now that's some elite company right there so I would temper your expections and draft as if you're getting a 20+ goal scorer with 50-60 point production. Travis Watson

 

June 2014 – The Buffalo Sabres drafted Sam Reinhart 2nd overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

February 2014 - After scoring three goals and adding eight assists for 11 points in three games from the week of February 3rd - Febuary 9th Sam Reinhart was named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week. Reinhart, considered a top 3 prospect for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, set a new career high when he registered five points (one goal, four assists) lifting his team to three straight wins through the week. Brendan Ross

 

January 2014 - Coming off an impressive showing at the World Junior Championship and stellar performance at the CHL/NHL Top Prospect game picking up a goal and an assist in Team Cherry's loss, Sam Reinhart is getting the respect he deserves. Reinhart was named as the 2nd best prospect for the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft in TSN's Bob McKenzie's Mid-Term NHL Draft Rankings. Brendan Ross

 

January 2014 - As an underage player on Team Canada at the 2014 WJC, Sam Reinhart impressed scouts with how much the red and white relied on his contributions. Reinhart earned more responsibility as the tournament went on drawing top defensive match-ups and looked at to provide Canada with some scoring. His strong two-way intelligent game remains his niche and one major reason that he's slated to become a top 3 selection at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Reinhart was named Captain of Team Cherry for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game scheduled for January 15th. Brendan Ross

 

December 2013 - Sam Reinhart is one of 13 forwards named to Team Canada for the 2014 World Junior Championship and just one of two draft eligible players playing for the red and white. Reinhart will have the chance to skate on the same team as older brother Griffin. Based on his pre-tournament chemistry with Connor McDavid and Bo Horvat, Reinhart stems to benefit huge as the trio was easily Canada's most effective line. Reinharts complete two-way game and ability to step up in big moments has him ranked as the potential 1st overall selection for the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

July 2013 –Blessed with strong hockey bloodlines that feature father Paul, who played over a decade of NHL hockey, and two brothers, Max and Griffin, who are top prospects in the Flames and Islanders organizations, respectively. It is not easy for someone to follow in those footsteps but Sam Reinhart has exceeded all expectations and been deemed, arguably, the most talented Reinhart. He has already skated in two full WHL seasons posting 62 and 85 point seasons, plus he made his rookie debut that featured an 11-game trial to end his 15-year old season. Reinhart plays a solid two-way game that features elite hockey sense and an understanding of the game that cannot be taught. Reinhart has met lofty expectations at every level and his success representing Canada internationally should not go unnoticed entering into his draft season. He is a playmaker with a valuable defensive acumen but improvements to his skating would greatly increase his chances of being selected first overall in 2014.  Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A

Reinhart projects as a future leader with advanced offensive and defensive skills making him a likely first line forward at the NHL level.

 

 

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