Before the World Junior tournament kicked off way back in 2013 I promised some folks I would let them know my thoughts on Sam Reinhart once the tournament was finished and I never got around to doing so. Since the Buffalo Sabres could very well be drafting Mr. Reinhart if they get the chance to pick first overall, I figured the fine readers here at SabreNoise might be interested in this as well.
Going into the tournament I wasn’t to high on Reinhart and heading out of the tournament my opinion didn’t really change much on the potential first overall pick and after the tournament he fell to 4th on the Central Scouting list just behind Aaron Ekblad.
While Reinhart had a decent tournament on a line with Connor McDavid he wasn’t a game changer at all during this tournament.
Reinhart finished the 7 game tournament with 2 goals and 5 points but left Sweden empty handed along with the rest of his teammates. McDavid is the type of player who can make the players on his line better, a Sidney Crosby for lack of a better comparison, sure he’s just 17- was 16 throughout the tournament- he still has that skill and talent and Reinhart could have been a lot better.
Now it’s hard to criticize just one player on a team full of guys who didn’t show up, but when you have a chance to win gold for your country, be drafted first overall and are playing with McDavid you have to have a better showing than Sam Reinhart did.
Reinhart wasn’t exactly bad throughout the tournament, he had a decent tournament considering how poorly Team Canada played but he didn’t stand out in any way. He just fit in with the rest of his teammates who left their effort back with their junior teams, he did nothing to try and power Canada forward and for lack of a better term he lacked intensity. There was no extra effort to help Canada get into the gold medal game and was in no way or shape a game changer which is what the Buffalo Sabres need going forward.
The Sabres need a guy who is going to score, go the extra mile and never give up- much like a Zemgus Girgensons with more scoring ability. In the World Juniors Sam Reinhart was not that. He may be dominating in the WHL but against other top notch prospects from the OHL, QMJHL and Russia, Reinhart just looked average. Even his elite play making ability seemed to vanish
Both Reinhart and Ekblad- who was also nothing special throughout the World Juniors will have a chance to redeem themselves as they captain both teams for the CHL top prospects game tonight.
On a team that seemed to be out of sync and a mess from the first game it’s tough to blame Sam Reinhart for just “fitting in.” His lack of intensity and extra effort leaves something to be desired as Canada and Reinhart left the World Juniors empty handed once again.
What did you think of Sam Reinharts performance during the World Juniors? Did he impress you or leave you wanting more?