Buffalo’s highest draft selection since Pierre Turgeon in 1987
BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 27, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres selected center Sam Reinhart (Kootenay – WHL) with the second overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He is the team’s first-ever second overall pick and the highest selection for the club since it picked Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987.
Reinhart (6’1”, 186 lbs., 11/6/95), the third-ranked North American skater and second-ranked North American center on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, joins the Sabres organization after playing four years in the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the Kootenay Ice. In addition to serving as Kootenay’s captain in 2013-14, he was named the WHL 2013-14 Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.
In 2013-14, Reinhart led Kootenay with 105 points (36+69) in 60 games, tying for fourth overall in the WHL with Leon Draisaitl (selected third overall by Edmonton). He also led his team with 23 points (6+17) in 13 playoff games, advancing three rounds before Kootenay fell to the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Conference Championship.
Through his four seasons with Kootenay and the WHL, Reinhart has recorded 254 points (101+153) in 203 games. Additionally, he captained Canada’s gold medal-winning teams at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2013 Under-18 World Championship.
Born in North Vancouver, B.C., Reinhart comes from a long line of hockey players in his family. Reinhart’s brother, Max, was selected by the Calgary Flames in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, while his brother, Griffin, was selected in the first round (fourth overall) by the New York Islanders in 2012. Their father, Paul, was selected in the first round (12th overall) by the Atlanta Flames in 1979 and played 11 NHL seasons with the Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Sam played alongside Max with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice (in 2010-11 and 2011-12) and with Griffin on Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.