Buffalo Sabres center Samson Reinhart arrived in Buffalo for the very first time Sunday night and started making the rounds around town on Monday. So far, he likes what he’s seen.
“It’s nice. I think it’s finally starting to sink in, coming here,” the Sabres' first-round pick told the media Monday morning at First Niagara Center. “I came in last night and seeing it this morning in the daylight is pretty cool.”
He’s ready to start playing hockey again. He’ll be back in Buffalo for Development Camp from July 14-18 and is looking forward to meeting and playing with the other players in the organization – both prospects and veterans.
“I think there are a lot of players that excite me to be honest, coming into a young team. I feel I’m pretty versatile in the sense that I can fit in comfortably and produce with any type of player,” Reinhart said.
“I’ve been with every type of player throughout my career and playing well with [them]. I’m looking forward to coming into a new team with a lot of talent up front and I’m excited about that opportunity.”
Sabres general manager Tim Murray praised Reinhart’s maturity and hockey sense, which he said can be very difficult to quantify.
“His focus is on, when they drop the puck, what is he going to do until the whistle’s blown? He’s very mature in that respect and all kids and teenagers mature at different time and different speeds,” Murray said. “That’s a big part of who he is on the ice. I hope he’s great on the ice and I hope he’s better than that off the ice and I know we’ll have a long-time franchise guy.”