Kootenay Ice captain Sam Reinhart, No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top draft-eligible skaters in North America, on Tuesday was named the Canadian Hockey League player of the week for games ending Feb. 9.
Reinhart, who was the unanimous top pick for the 2014 NHL Draft in three mock drafts revealed Thursday by NHL.com's draft experts, had three goals, 11 points and a plus-8 rating in a win against the Saskatoon Blades and back-to-back victories against the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.
Reinhart, 18, has a point in 15 straight games, a stretch that has seen him total 13 goals and 34 points. He has 29 goals and 80 points in 45 games this season and 94 goals and 229 points in 188 WHL games spanning three seasons.
"He's an exceptional player with the puck," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr told NHL.com. "His offensive hockey sense is off the charts with his vision and playmaking. He's very good at taking what is given to him and finishing the play. He keeps the play alive and finds the seams and is always an offensive threat. He's a responsible player who quietly leads his team."
Reinhart no doubt has quite the hockey pedigree. He has two older brothers who were drafted by NHL teams; forward Max Reinhart, 21, was taken by the Calgary Flames in the third round (No. 63) of the 2010 draft; defenseman Griffin Reinhart, 19, was selected fourth by the New York Islanders in 2012. The boys' father, Paul Reinhart, was the 12th pick of the 1979 draft by the Atlanta Flames and played 11 seasons in the NHL.
"All three brothers are different, but the youngest could turn out to be the best of the bunch," Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan said.