When the Buffalo Sabres were on the clock last night with the No. 2 pick, Tim Murray wasted little time getting the pick in and calling Sam Reinhart's name.
Reinhart, a center out of the WHL, is excited about joining the Sabres, even though they seem to have a ton of rebuilding left to do.
“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 told Sabres.com. “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.”
There was speculation that Vancouver was trying to execute a deal with the Florida Panthers for the No. 1 pick to select Reinhart, but Florida decided to go with Aaron Ekblad instead. That decision left the door open for Buffalo to take Reinhart, which they did without wasting much time. Murray, unlike the rest of the general managers with their first pick, didn't thank Philadelphia or congratulate the LA Kings, but instead announced Buffalo's selection of Reinhart immediately.
Reinhart is familiar with Buffalo, as he met Cody Hodgson and Tyler Myers in during the IIHF World Championship training camp for Team Canada. He has also done his research on the organization, anticipating that he may end up in Buffalo, and is excited for the challenge.
“It’s not going to be given to me right away,” Reinhart told Sabres.com. “I’m going to do everything I can to step in and make an impact and take advantage of every opportunity.”
There were plenty of expectations that Buffalo would trade back into the first round, but that didn't happen, leaving Reinhart Buffalo's only acquisition of the night. Still, the Sabres are excited that they were able to acquire Reinhart, and he understands the challenge that awaits him.
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