2013-14 Team: Kootenay (WHL)
From: West Vancouver, BC
Exceptional player with the puck, his offensive hockey sense is off the charts with his vision and playmaking. A good skater whose top-end speed can still improve. A responsible player who quietly leads his team.– Director Of Central Scouting, Dan Marr
Coming from a family of talented NHLers, Sam Reinhart is the latest and final piece of the Reinhart puzzle coming to the NHL. His dad, Paul, was drafted by the Atlanta Flames; his brother Griffin was selected fourth overall in the 2012 draft by the Islanders; while the oldest, Max, was taken by the Calgary Flames in 2010. Like his brothers before him, Sam can put the puck in the net with consistency posting 36 goals, 69 assists and 105 points for the Kootenay Ice and for his career in the Western Hockey League posted 99 goals and 153 assists for 222 career points.
Reinhart finished 3rd in the NHL Central Scouting Draft Prospect Rankings finishing behind likely number-one pick Aaron Ekblad and Sam Bennet, but don’t be shocked if Reinhart gets picked either one or two in the 2014 NHL Draft as he looks to be ready to make the jump. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named WHL Player Of The Year furthering the talented crop coming out of Vancouver and BC. Many mock drafts believe Reinhart will be taken number one by the Florida Panthers. I don’t mind that pick for the Panthers as a tandem of Reinhart and Jonathan Huberdeau could provide a dangerous first line.