BUFFALO – It all starts for real Thursday for Sam Reinhart.
The Buffalo Sabres' first-round pick and the second player taken in the 2014 NHL Draft is slated to make his debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After a busy summer with development camp and training camp, he's ready to show what he's got.
"I came in with the mentality that I was going to soak everything in and I feel I've learned more than I could ever imagine from all the veteran guys here," Reinhart said. "I'm going to keep trying to learn every day from them and get better with their help."
Reinhart won't be the only young player on the Sabres' opening-night roster; 19-year-old defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov were first-round picks in 2013. But he'll be on a line between two more-experienced players in Cody Hodgson and captain Brian Gionta.