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Sam Reinhart Signs First NHL Contract

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they have signed highly touted prospect and second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart to an entry level deal – two days ahead of the teams annual development camp.

It is going to be the same story with Sam Reinhart as in the past two season for the Buffalo Sabres top prospect.  He will contend for a roster spot in training camp – and then get ten games into the NHL season before he stays with the parent club or have to report back to his WHL team, the Kooteny Ice.

The Buffalo Sabres had to deal with the same issue with Tyler Myers and Mikhail Grigorenko.  Neither of those two players panned out the way the organization had planned.

While Tyler Myers was a Calder Trophy winner in his rookie season, the organization messed with his game and his head, and the defenseman is still recovering from his sophmore slump.

Mikhail Grigorenko is a totally different story – the youth troubled with the fact that he has played an incredible amount of hockey, while the Buffalo Sabres swing him back and forth to the minors like a pendulum.  Hopefully some stability in the organization brings some stability to his game.

“We are very excited to have Sam under contract, we look forward to watching him develop and become an important part of our organization in the future.” GM Tim Murray on signing Sam Reinhart

Becoming a part of the organization in the future?  Do the Buffalo Sabres doubt that Sam Reinhart is ready for the National Hockey League?  Is the plan to tease Buffalo Sabres fans with a taste of what Sam Reinhart will do in a Sabres sweater – only to relegate him back to the Kootenay Ice until he can join next years roster full time?

Or the Buffalo Sabres are going to watch Sam Reinhart develop in front of their eyes on the ice of First Niagara Center.  Captain of the Kootenay Ice, and WHL player of the year honors already under his belt – he is likely ready to force himself onto the Buffalo Sabres roster – and stay there.

Either way, congratulations on your first professional contract Sam Reinhart.

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