With the second-overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart.
Reinhart led Kootenay with 105 points (36-69—105) in 60 games during the 2013-14 season, tying for fourth overall in the Western Hockey League with Leon Draisaitl (No. 4-ranked North American Skater) of the Prince Albert Raiders. Kris Baker's Anaylsis
There is little flash to Reinhart's game, but the lack of sizzle is made up with consistent smarts, vision and character that puts the productive pivot among the elite forwards in the 2014 draft class. He can slow it down and speed it up, and his ability to see open passing lanes is a skill that cannot be taught.
REINHART: "I'M VERY MOTIVATED TO STEP INTO THE LEAGUE NEXT YEAR"
The Buffalo Sabres had their choice of forwards with the second-overall selection of the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday. They went with center Sam Reinhart
, the Western Hockey League's Player of the Year.
What does Reinhart think separated himself from the other top prospects?
“I think the biggest thing is I feel ready to play. It’s a young team. I’m very familiar with the organization and I’ve pictured myself in this uniform for a very long time,” Reinhart said. “I’m very excited and I’m very motivated to step into the League next year with a young team that’s developing very well and to make an impact.”
MURRAY WASTED NO TIME MAKING PICK
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray wasted no time making the second-overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He didn’t thank anyone or make a long speech. He announced the selection of center Sam Reinhart and stepped away from the podium.
“It was good. I liked it,” Reinhart said. “Didn’t stall at all. It shows the confidence he has in me and makes me feel better.”
Murray didn’t see any reason to take more time up on the stage.
“He was the first player on our list,” Murray said. “You shouldn’t hesitate when you’re getting the first player on your list.”
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