After beginning the season with the Sabres, first round draft pick Sam Reinhart knew that the organization would have a decision to make after his first nine games. Today, the Sabres announced that they have sent him back to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.
Reinhart registered one point (an assist) over his nine games with the team, but general manager Tim Murray said that he would like to see Sam become stronger. Murray also said that Reinhart was emotional when he left the building and said that’s ok, he wants him disappointed.
Head coach Ted Nolan mentioned that he’s never seen teams ruin players by sending them back, but has when keeping them up too early.
“This has to be devastating for Sam, but it’s what is best for him,” Nolan said. “He’s a fine young man. He’ll continue to grow, mature.”