Sam Reinhart 2014 Top Prospect

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Sam Reinhart —

League:  WHL     Team: Kootenay Ice

Born: Nov.6

Height: 6’1     Weight: 183

Position: C      Shoots: Right

2012-13 Stat Line 

Games: 72   Goals: 35   Assists: 50   Points: 85   Plus/Minus: +8   PIM: 22

This is Week 1 in Arizona Hockey Talk’s preliminary evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects.  Today’s featured prospect is Sam Reinhart.  Reinhart  is currently playing in the Western Hockey League for the Kootenay Ice.

Sam Reinhart was the captain of Canada’s “Gold Medal” winning team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and was also named captain of Canada’s Under-18 Team for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Hockey Championship.

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Sam Reinhart     photo courtesy whl.ca

Offensive Buzzwords

Throughout the season you’ll hear scouting buzzwords like: 1.) poised with the puck  2.)  high hockey IQ  3.)  good on-ice vision  4.)  good compete level  5.)  battles hard in both ends of the ice  6.) leadership

These buzzwords will apply to most of the top picks and as you go further down the prospect list you might not see all of these, hence the lower ranking.

Sam Reinhart is a skilled offensive center and like most good center-men Reinhart has good on-ice vision and makes good decisions with and without the puck.  Reinhart has great hands and is very poised with the puck enabling him to buy time and space for his wingers to get into a good scoring position.  He is also decent in the face-off circle.

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Like all top players Sam Reinhart is poised with the puck and has a ” high hockey IQ”.  He’s got good hands, excellent vision and good playmaking ability.

Skating

Reinhart would be considered a good but not great skater.

Defence

Right now Sam Reinhart would be considered an average defensive player but not a liability in his own zone.

Projection

As a 17-year last season he was already being projected as a “Top 5” pick.  Most early season projections have him ranked as the # 1 or # 2 prospect in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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