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Buffalo inks top prospect Sam Reinhart

Jul 12, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

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After being taken with the second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Sam Reinhart will be a serious contender for a roster spot with the Buffalo Sabres during training camp. With that in mind, it only made sense for the Sabres to get his contract negotiations out of the way.

Buffalo announced that Reinhart has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Kootenay Ice captain was the WHL Player of the Year after scoring 36 goals and 105 points in 60 games last season.

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

Reinhart is perhaps best known for his high hockey IQ and is capable of making an impact in a lot of different situations. Hockey’s in his blood as his father, Paul, is a retired NHL defenseman and his two older brothers, Max Reinhart and Griffin Reinhart, were drafted by the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders respectively.

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  1. pmonte3122 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    I hope he works out here.

  2. djshnooks - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    You “hope?”

    #2 overall picks don’t fail lately…this kid is as sure a thing as it gets.

    Can’t deny pedigree either.

  3. mrpinkca - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I could not think of a stupider thing to do than rushing him up. The Sabres are trying to tank, why you burn a year on his contract to get him into that situation? Nobody has ever been hurt by an extra year in juniors.

    • elemeno89 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Signing a contract does not guarantee that he will play for the sabres. You know that right?

  4. marauders127 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Almost all 18 yr olds can still get better in juniors. This guy is the exception. He will be on the roster.

    • elrock7 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      He is no exception. Sabres are desperate, they don’t seem to want to rebuild the proper way.

      Those free agent signings and gorges trade were just to get to cap floor. But I guess we will see.

  5. djshnooks - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    They are building exactly the right way…cut the dead weight, accumulate picks, get a new veteran core, build through the draft and let all the kids grow together, bring them up together, use free agency to put you over the top…that’s exactly what they’ve done and will continue to do. Tim Murray and Craig Patrick have both built cup winning teams, I’d hedge a bet that they actually know what they’re doing.
    Their resumes speak for themselves.

    This does not mean Reinhart will be playing in the NHL…but he was the #2 pick for a reason. He’s NHL-ready now. He has nothing left to prove in juniors, nothing! He is better off working out and training with actual NHL veteran players and coaches…especially guys like Brian Gionta.

    If after 9 games he looks completely lost, send him back down and save year #1…it’s that simple and kind of common sense.

    If they weren’t building the right way and were trying to rush things…Nikita Zadorov wouldn’t have been in juniors last year, and Rasmus Ristolainen wouldn’t have been down in Rochester for most the year…and they were both 2013 1st round draft picks.

    So, yeah…I think they’re doing just fine.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      I just want to add that this rebuilding process was begun by Darcy Regier and this team will be built upon the work he has done in the past two years.

    • elrock7 - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      They ADDED dead weight!

  6. djshnooks - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Not to mention, the signings and trades have done nothing to hurt their chances.

    Matt Moulson was here most of last year.

    Josh Gorges is NOT Christian Ehrhoff.

    Brian Gionta’s impact = Steve Ott’s.

    Enroth + Neuvirth < Miller. (That's HUGE.)

    They are not really a better team…they just needed to spend some money, which didn't hurt them the least bit when it comes to the future cap…they are all respectable deals…it was just like rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic…makes no difference.

    Still have a chance at that #1 or #2 pick.

  7. spizzjr - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Griffin is gonna check him so hard that there mother feels it for a week

    • obamareallysucks - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Gay response

  8. zinger99 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    bullwinkle must have one sore jaw

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