Kootenay Ice centre Sam Reinhart was on Oilers Now with Edmonton Oilers Colour Analyst Bob Stauffer on Thursday. As one of the top prospects in the NHL Entry Draft, many believe Reinhart could go in any one of the top four picks in the draft. With the Oilers sitting at three and the Calgary Flames at fourth overall, Stauffer asked Reinhart if the Vancouver, B.C. native had any issues with playing in a Canadian market versus being drafted by Florida or Buffalo at first or second overall.
“No I don’t,” Reinhart said. “Obviously, everything is out of my power now. It’s just kind of sitting back and waiting to see what happens. No matter where I get drafted to, I’m going to be thrilled to go there and my focus isn’t just on the draft. It’s camp in September and doing everything I can to make a good impression and obviously my goal is to make the team and contribute as soon as next year.”
Reinhart said he believes he is ready to contribute immediately no matter who drafts him.
“Yeah, I do. It’s been a focus of mine for quite some time now. You can’t just start this summer and work at it. It is going to be a big summer for me and it’s going to have to be but I’ve been working at it all year and the past few years and I feel confident in myself right now. I’m only going to get bigger and stronger over the summer and I’m looking forward to it.”