To continue to adress the Sabres need for offense next year, the next potential draft pick for the Sabres being profiled here is Sam Reinhart. There has been a lot of buzz about this kid amongst the Sabres fan base and for good reason. He’s a great hockey player already and has the potential to be even better.
He’s not the biggest guy to hit the ice, but at 6 foot 1 and 185 pounds Sam Reinhart definitely has an NHL sized frame. NHL.com’s draft rankings have Reinhart at the #3 spot on the list of North American Skaters, and his statistics showcase some of the reason why. He put up 36 goals and 105 points in only 60 games this season! Now Reinhart isn’t one of those players that have solid stats but lack the skill to truly back it up, he’s a dynamic player with useful qualities that most teams would want.
Sam Reinhart of the WHL’s Kootney Ice combines every aspect of his game into each night of playing. He’s a smooth skater and has incredible hockey smarts. He is very intelligent with and without the puck on his stick. When he has it he is able to survey the ice and look for the best available pass to him (and sometimes is able to make the pass happen regardless of its possibility) and when he doesn’t have the puck, he’s not afraid to go to the high scoring areas and get his hands dirty.
When he has the puck and makes a pass, it is precise and accurate, but when Reinhart chooses to shoot the puck his release is smooth and on point. His best asset by far is his passing ability as well as his ability to make an offense run smoothly.
Sam Reinhart would be a great player for the Sabres to build around if they took him at #2 overall this year. They would have a highly skilled player with plenty of hockey knowledge to be able to succeed on this team, and with Head Coach Ted Nolan behind him, he will develop into a very hard working player that will be able to make the Sabres into a well oiled scoring machine.
I see his best chances at success being a center for Mikhail Grigorenko. It would give Reinhart the ability to have the puck on his stick and work his magic, and then with Grigorenko’s slick hands and scoring touch those two would be a solid pair.
Watch Reinhart’s highlights here below and let me know if you think he would be a good fit with the Sabres.