We are getting closer to the 2014 NHL Draft. Over the upcoming weeks, we are going to look at some of the top prospects that the 2014 NHL Draft has to offer, and what they will bring to the team that drafts them.
Player: Sam Reinhart
Weight: 183 lbs.
Date of Birth: November 6, 1995 (18-years-old)
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia
Current Team: Kootenay Ice (Western Hockey League)
Jersey Number: 23
Projected Pick: Top 2 Pick
In a draft that is full of good, offensively talented two-way forwards, Sam Reinhart is just that and then some. Reinhart, the top prospect in the 2014 NHL Draft, not only brings an elite skill level, he brings a rich hockey heritage to the NHL. The son of Paul Reinhart (long-time NHLer), and brother of Griffin Reinhart (New York Islanders prospect) and Max Reinhart (forward in the Calgary Flames organization) looks like he could be the best of the family.
“All three brothers are different, but the youngest could turn out to be the best of the bunch”
- Central Scouting’s Peter Sullivan
Sam Reinhart is a forward with exceptional vision and great hands. He is also a terrific leader, as shown when he was captain of Canada’s Under-18 World Junior Championship team that won the gold medal in 2013. He is also captain of his WHL team, the Kootenay Ice.
Scouts have raved about Reinhart’s game and potential.
“He has a complete game at both ends of the ice. He does everything well. He won’t get you overly excited, but from a coaching perspective, he’s the guy you always want on the ice in critical situations. He’s your go-to guy and team leader and is just going to be consistent at the junior level, and eventually the pro level.”
-Central Scouting’s Peter Sullivan
Sam Reinhart will likely be the number one overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, so barring some monumental collapse, the Carolina Hurricanes would not be able to get the hot shot forward, unless they were to make a trade. Whoever does get this forward will get the best all-around player in the draft. They’ll get a player that projects to be a first line center sooner rather than later.
Sam Reinhart’s hockey IQ is as good as it gets in this year’s NHL Draft, and he is a very reliable player in all areas. He is the best forward in this year’s draft class, so he has a very good chance at being the first pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
NHL Player Comparison: John Tavares
John Tavares and Sam Reinhart are both very good offensively, but they are also responsible in their own end. John Tavares was the #1 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, and that is where Sam Reinhart will hope to fall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Reinhart also has a similar body type of John Tavares when he was drafted. Overall, they are both good two-way forwards who can dish the puck or score on their own at any time.