Updated: 07/14/2014 9:13 PM
Created: 07/14/2014 9:05 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray admits the Sabres are a few years away from contending. If that is to be true, it begins with the prospects Murray has compiled. The difference makers just might be the youngsters who were skating at camp Monday morning.
It couldn’t have gotten any worse for the Sabres last season. Re-building is a full go. It will take time and patience. Draft picks have turned into players. These players on the ice at development camp, headlined by second overall pick Samson Rienhart, the 18-year-old who expects to be a factor immediately.
Samson Reinhart said, “In my mind, I’m thinking if I come and play the way I can, I feel confident I can make an impact next year. The organization is doing the right things to get better.”
Reinhart has hockey in his blood. His father and two brothers have NHL experience. Samson isn't the only rookie with great hockey genes. Second round pick Brendan Lemieux is the son of Claude Lemieux, one of hockey's toughest guys, like father, like son.
Brendan Reinhart said, “A lot of people could say why would I want to play like my dad. He was one of the most hated players ever. Why would I put myself in that position? It is in my blood I just want to be the best player I can possible be.”
There are several players at camp who the Sabres expect to have big futures. Reinhart and Lemieux join that cast.