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Draft Profile: Sam Reinhart

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 10:00 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Draft Profile: Sam Reinhart
One of the top forwards available in this year\'s draft, Sam Reinhart is a product of rich hockey bloodlines.
Each weekday leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft on June 27-28, CarolinaHurricanes.com will profile one player we believe might be available for Carolina’s seventh pick. Previous Profiles: Brendan Perlini | Kasperi Kapanen | Haydn Fleury | Aaron Ekblad | Leon Draisaitl | Michael Dal Colle | Sam Bennett | Related Links: 2014 NHL Draft Preview | Hurricanes Draft History




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A number of top prospects available in the 2014 NHL Draft are products of rich hockey bloodlines.

Sam Reinhart is no different.

Sam, 18, is the son of former National Hockey League defenseman Paul Reinhart, who was drafted 12th overall by the Atlanta Flames in 1979 and logged 648 career games with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Sam’s younger brothers have also both been drafted: Max, the eldest, was taken in the third round (63rd overall) by the Calgary Flames in 2010, and Griffin, the 20-year-old lone defenseman of the trio of brothers, was selected fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 2012.

Sam, a right-shooting center, could be the highest-drafted Reinhart, meaning the Canes would likely have to trade up in order to snag him.

SAM REINHART
Sam Reinhart
CENTER
HOMETOWN: VANCOUVER, BC
HEIGHT: 6'1"
WEIGHT: 185
BIRTHDAY: NOV. 6, 1995 (AGE 18)

“He’s a very interesting player in the sense that he’s quietly efficient. He kills you quietly,” said Tony MacDonald, the Canes’ director of amateur scouting. “At the end of the game you look at the scoresheet, and he’s got three or four points.”

That was a common occurrence in the 2013-14 season, when Reinhart paced his team and ranked tied for fourth in the Western Hockey League with 105 points (36g, 69a); 48 of those points were posted in a stretch of just 22 games from Dec. 4 to Feb. 28, and his 69 assists set a new franchise record. The captain of the Kootenay Ice, Reinhart ranked second on his team in power-play goals (12) and plus/minus (plus-24). He also led his team with 23 points (6g, 17a) in 13 playoff games, as Kootenay fell to the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL’s Western Conference Finals.

Reinhart, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, won WHL player of the year honors, and he also received the league’s sportsmanship award after recording just 11 penalty minutes.

“He’s so efficient and so smart,” MacDonald said.

It’s his smarts and hockey IQ that have scouts salivating at his projection: with his offensive talent and responsible defensive game, he could develop into one of the NHL’s top two-way forwards.

“He’s a tremendous distributor of the puck, and he’s very good at finding his wingers,” MacDonald said. “He’s very good in the faceoff circle. He’s an excellent penalty killer and a very good player without the puck.”

As a rookie with Kootenay in 2011-12, Sam skated alongside brother Max and ranked second on the team in scoring with 62 points (28g, 34a), earning WHL rookie of the year honors. In his second full season with the team in 2012-13, Reinhart led the team in scoring with 85 points (35g, 50a) and was named to the WHL second All-Star team.

Reinhart captained Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF U-18 World Championship, recording seven points (3g, 4a) in as many tournament games. He skated with brother Griffin for the Canadian national team in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, scoring two goals and three assists in seven games.

Considering Reinhart’s overall package – his quiet offensive explosiveness, his deft defensive play, his notable hockey smarts and, of course, his prominent hockey lineage – he figures to be among the best forwards available in this year’s draft.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61