On the Clock: Sam Reinhart
ISS Ranking: 1
Weight: 185 lbs
In a nutshell
Posted 105 points (36-89-105) in just 60 games this past season for the Kootenay Ice, while also netting 23 points (6-17-23) in 13 post-season games. The pride of North Vancouver, BC, has been praised for his high hockey IQ, maturity, and overall game. Comes from a big hockey family. His dad, Paul, played 648 games in the NHL, including 131 with the Canucks. His brother, Max, has suited up in 19 games with the Calgary Flames over the past two seasons, while his other brother, Griffin, was the fourth overall selection by the New York Islanders in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Been there, done that
Reinhart already has five international tournaments under his belt. He finished second in scoring at the 2012 World Under-17 Challenge after netting 10 points (4-6-10) in five games for Team Pacific. He has competed three times on the Canadian Under-18 squad, twice at the World’s and once at the Ivan Hlinka for a combined 21 points (8-13-21) in 19 games. Also had a solid 2014 World Junior’s, registering five points (2-3-5) in seven games. Won the BC Major Midget League Championship with the Vancouver NW Giants in 2011, while also winning the WHL Championship as a call-up with the Kootenay Ice that same year. Appeared in one Memorial Cup game in 2011.
Has been compared to Jonathan Toews and John Tavares among many. Reinhart and Tavares do have a lot of similarities. They both can put the puck in the net, but are both very smart players that can play anywhere on the ice and are similar in stature. Like Tavares, Reinhart isn’t exactly the flashiest player, but gets the job done using his stick skills and hockey sense.
Word on the street
“Sam ‘beats up’ opponents with his mind. Exceptional intelligence and he understands what to do, where to be and how to be highly productive both individually and for the team. Knows how to get the best out of situations.” – TSN’s Craig Button (June 23, 2014)
Good fit in Vancouver?
There is a lot of talk the Canucks are trying to move up into the first overall spot so they can draft Reinhart. He’s got huge upside, is a natural leader and grew up on the Lower Mainland. Reinhart could be the cornerstone piece of the franchise for a long time. A Reinhart and Bo Horvat one-two punch down the middle would stabilize the centre position for many years in Vancouver.