By drafting Samson Reinhart with the second-overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday, the Buffalo Sabres added a big new building block to their hockey team.
Sabres general manager Tim Murray sat next to Reinhart on Monday as the two addressed the media at First Niagara Center. Murray was hired in January to take over as general manager. He knew reshaping the organization was going to be complicated and it’s a task he was prepared for.
“I knew it was a big job and I know it’s a job that has to be done the proper way. And that’s hard. That’s the hard part,” Murray said. “We all want to speed things up. As soon as we got him, I said, ‘I wish it was 2016.’ But it’s not and you have to do it properly and you have to go through the good and the bad that goes with it.
“I firmly believe that we’re going to stay the course here and do what we think is the right way to be a good team for a long time.”
What’s helped, Murray said, is having a good stable of young players and prospects already in the organization. He mentioned NHL’ers like Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers and defensive prospects Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov and Jake McCabe as examples of players the team can build around.
Since Murray came aboard, the team has also acquired more high draft picks – including St. Louis’ first-rounder in 2015 – and prospects like Nicolas Deslauriers, Hudson Fasching and William Carrier.
Possessing an abundance of young talent and other assets means Murray’s vision could come to fruition sooner rather than later.
“There are good young players that were here before me. If we turn this around, it’ll be me getting a lot of the credit, but there’s a foundation that was here before I got here,” Murray said. “And I have to recognize that and you guys have to recognize that. I think what that does is, it makes our plan to rebuild quickly a viable plan.”