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Buffalo takes Reinhart second overall

Jun 27, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT

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PHILADELPHIA — For the third time in four years, Buffalo has taken a forward with its first pick at the draft.

The Sabres selected WHL Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart with the second selection at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Friday night, their highest-drafted forward since taking Thomas Vanek fifth overall in 2003.

Reinhart, 18, had 30 goals and 105 points in 60 games for Kootenay this year, emerging as one of the top offensive talents in the Canadian Hockey League. At 6-foot-1, 183 pounds, he’ll need to add strength to compete at the NHL level but will be aided by his strong hockey lineage — his dad, Paul, had a productive career as a NHL defenseman while both his brothers, Max (Calgary) and Griffin (Islanders) were drafted into the league as well.

As mentioned, Reinhart is one of three forwards Buffalo’s selected with its first pick in the last four years, joining Mikhail Grigorenko (12th overall, ’12) and Joel Armia (16th overall, ’11).

The pick was also Tim Murray’s first as Buffalo GM, and he’ll be one to watch moving forward as he’s already expressed a desire to get another first-round pick before the night’s through.

  1. pmonte3122 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    This kid is going to be a stud.

  2. cantescapekarma - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Welcome to Buffalo Sam! I think you will grow to love this city and the people/fans here, like most all of our players do. The people here truly make this a great place to live.

    By the way, I loved watching Tim Murray make that pick! No nonsense, no long speech, no pauses for added drama. Not even a ‘thank you flyers for hosting blah blah blah’. Just straight to the point – “The Buffalo Sabres select Sam Reinhart”.
    So far I am loving Tim Murray. (Thanks Ottawa)

    • President Charles Logan - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      LOL …..@ Welcome to Buffalo Sam! I think you will grow to love this city and the people/fans here, like most all of our players do. The people here truly make this a great place to live.

      • buffalowned - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        You obviously don’t know much about Buffalo and this fan base

      • President Charles Logan - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        i know that it’s a dump up there , depressed and no relief in sight economically for that city .. and for that putrid hockey team.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:30 AM

        You have clearly never been to Buffalo. Do us a favor…never come here so you can keep your parochial narrow-minded attitude intact.

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