The dust has now settled on the 1st Round of the 2014 NHL Draft. And with the Buffalo Sabres selection of Kootenay Ice center Sam Reinhart, countless weeks of tedious speculation on which one of the same skaters in a four player deck would be shuffled off to Buffalo, at long last has finally come to an end.
As it turned out, there was no steak to accompany the substantial amount of trade-chatter sizzle surrounding the primary consensus quartet, as all four were drafted by teams from their original slots.
No matter, though. The Sabres will now walk away from the City of Brotherly Love with the most cerebral center in the 2014 NHL Draft. And while the 6’1, 183lb Reinhart has received numerous kudos for his ability to see the game at a level far greater than that of most players, he also possesses a premier ability to stockpile stats as his 105 points for the Ice last season will attest.
Reinhart is clearly a player who can lead by both example and work ethic and, along with fellow Sabres’ centerman Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo now has two such model leaders in its locker room. The importance of these types of competitors cannot be understated, considering the influx of young skaters the team has been, and will be, bringing in.
And unless Sabres’ GM Tim Murray swings a deal or two, Buffalo will be adding a trio of even newer prospects via their three 2nd Round picks later today.
And now the question is which will we see occur, the picks made; or flipped for veterans? Stay tuned.
The 2014 NHL Draft continues at 10a.m. ET Saturday morning.