The Buffalo Sabres select forward Sam Reinhart with the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft. Reinhart spent the last four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL recently winning league MVP.
Reinhart possesses good size at 6’1”, 185 lbs, and will continue to fill out throughout the offseason. With such a high hockey IQ, Reinhart brings so much to the table on a night to night basis. Reinhart can make plays in the offensive zone, but his defensive play is just as good, which is exactly what the Sabres need.
This past season, Reinhart recorded 105 points in 60 games, adding another 17 points in 13 playoff games. His play in big games is what got him drafted 2nd overall. Reinhart scored many clutch goals throughout the past year, and always rose to the occasion when Kootenay needed him.
It is yet to be seen whether Reinhart will crack the 2014 Sabres squad, but he will make a strong case come training camp. With three full WHL seasons under his belt, it will be difficult for Tim Murray and Ted Nolan not to keep him up with the big club come seasons start.