BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Buffalo Sabres announced Saturday that the team has signed forward Sam Reinhart to a three-year, entry level contract.
The second overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Reinhart became the Sabres’ highest draft pick since the team selected Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987.
“We are very excited to have Sam under contract,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “We look forward to watching him develop and become an important part of our organization in the future.”
In 2013-14, Reinhart led Kootenay with 105 points (36+69) in 60 games, tying for fourth overall in the WHL. He also led his team with 23 points (6+17) in 13 playoff games, advancing three rounds before Kootenay fell to the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Conference Championship.
Through his four seasons with Kootenay and the WHL, the North Vancouver, British Columbia native has recorded 254 points (101+153) in 203 games. Additionally, he captained Canada’s gold medal-winning teams at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and the 2013 Under-18 World Championship.
The Sabres also inked forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year, entry level contract. The Sabres acquired the rights to Samuels-Thomas (6’4”, 215 lbs., 5/28/90) on July 9 from the Winnipeg Jets. They gave up a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
During the 2013-14 season, Samuels-Thomas second season at Quinnipiac University, he compiled 29 points (13+16) and 46 penalty minutes in 34 games.