Sam Reinhart came into the year coming off what many deemed a disappointing season for the former 2nd overall pick. He is supposed to be a major piece in the Sabres rebuild and for fantasy owners he left more to be desired, while his many of his draft mates like Leon Draisatl, David Pastrnak, Will Nylander, and Dylan Larkin passed him in value.
In the first 35 games for the Sabres, Reinhart was horrendous statistically. With only 5 goals and 6 assists, his 11 points were tied with Benoit Pouliot! Compared to his age group, Reinhart was 17th in points out of 22 in his 2014 draft class. The Sabres power play has been among the worst in the NHL all season, which hurt some of Reinhart’s production but his 5 power play points were 2nd on the Sabres in that time period. You aren’t buying Reinhart on his peripheral stats but they weren’t great either. Producing only 61 shots, along with low hit and block numbers. It wasn’t a surprise that Sam Reinhart’s name popped up in some trade rumors. Fantasy owners were likely faced with a similar dilemma, to trade Sam Reinhart low or hold out.
For those who have held, you’ve been rewarded with some great hockey from Reinhart. In the last 34 games he has 12 goals and 15 assists, for 27 points. While only 56th in the NHL, his production is welcomed from fantasy owners who’ve become frustrated with his play over the past year. Compared to his peers, Reinhart ranks 4th in the 2014 draft class so far in the second half only slightly behind Leon Draisatl, David Pastrnak, and Viktor Arvidsson.
Reinhart has been a major driver of possession for the Sabres. His 51.25% Corsi For is best on the Sabres. A major factor in his turn around has been his shot production as well. He has almost increased his shot production by 50% in the second half with 89 shots so far. Reinharts all around game has been better as well. His 25.66 game score, a measure of a players all around game, is second on the Sabres only behind Jack Eichel.
Heading into the fantasy offseason, I would be looking to buy on Sam Reinharts second half. His overall stats won’t look that great due to his horrendous first half, but I think he showed the player he actually is in the second half. Take advantage of an owner who is low on him. Reinhart will look to be a key piece next year for the Sabres on Jack Eichel’s wing. Next season could finally be the true breakout year for Sam.
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All stats courtesy of NHL.com and Corsica.