Center Sam Reinhart is destined to be a top pick. He must be. Reinhart is the son of former NHLer Paul Reinhart and has two brothers Max (2010, Flames) and Griffin (2012, Islanders) who were high draft picks as well.
If there is one thing Reinhart learned was the game of hockey. He has incredible ice vision always knowing where his teammates are when he has the puck and where the puck is when he doesn’t have it. The 6’1”, 183 lbs. center isn’t the fastest skater on the ice but he is quick and uses his vision to find space on the ice and soft spots in the defense. His shot allows him to score from just about anywhere on the ice and he is a versatile weapon on the power play.
Reinhart is a smart player that has scouts drooling with Central Scouting saying he has the highest hockey IQ in the draft. It explains why he was rated as the No. 4 North American skater in January.
The 18-year-old primarily played center for the Kootenay Ice last season in the Western Hockey League but also slid in at right winger for the World Junior Championships. The forward showed promise at both positions giving him some flexibility moving into the professional game.
The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to Reinhart’s play. He posted 36 goals and 69 assists for 105 points in just 60 games for Kootenay this season and becoming the first Ice player to take home the WHL MVP award. With his pedigree and skill, Reinhart is destined to be an impact NHL player.
From the Flyers perspective, Reinhart would be a guy that would fit perfectly into their system – anyone’s system for that matter. He is consistent, smart, skilled and a leader. What more could you ask for from a prospect? There is no way Reinhart is still on the board when the Flyers step to the podium with the 17th overall pick. The only way he ends up in Philadelphia is if new general manager Ron Hextall pulls off some major trade.