Florida Panthers ‘Sam Reinhart Outstanding First Season With Team

In the 2021 draft this past season, the Florida Panthers and general manager Bill Zito traded for former Buffalo Sabers forward and restricted free agent (RFA) Sam Reinhart. In return, they forfeited their first pick in next year’s draft and picked Devon Levi with scoring prospects. After that season, he was signed with a three-year, $6.5 million-a-year contract, making him the second highest-paid on the team. For Reinhart, it’s the first time he’s played with the untitled Buffalo Sabers hockey franchise in his NHL career as he’s played 454 career games with them, scoring 134 goals and assisting 161 more goals for a total of 295 points. Although, he made the most of his time here in South Florida.

Reinhart’s 2021-22 Campaign: So Far, So Good

In the current 2021-22 season, Samson has 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) through 24 matches. Furthermore, he is third on the team in terms of goals scored in power play with four this season. In the last five games, he has scored seven points (four goals, three assists).

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In the game against his old team in Buffalo, he got 4 points (1 goal and 3 assists). In addition, he scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout against St. Louis Blues on 4 December. Until 7 December against The Blues, he had already scored 3 goals in the match. This is great considering he had a tough November scoring just six points (three goals, three assists) across 13 appearances in November.

Sam Reinhart Florida Panthers
Since being acquired in a deal with the Buffalo Sabers, Sam Reinhart has made the most of his time with the Florida Panthers (Amy Irvin / Hockey writers)

Reinhart was set up on a good line at the start of this season with Anton Lundell and Frank Vatrano, but bounced back due to injury in the lineup. Given his recent hot streak, he may have found his chemistry with a squad that features him, Lundell and the Russian forward Maxim Mamin.

Reinhart’s teammates and coaches have faith in him

His recent winning streak has won the trust of teammates as well as coaches. Panthers interim head coach Andrew Brunette has nothing but praise for him after a stellar game against the Blues on December 4.

“He’s been really good for us wherever we’ve played with him. We’re trying to find positions for him and get to know him, and he’s trying to get to know us. It’s hard for a new player to join. He’s got some really good chemistry with his line right now and they’re playing at a high level. Feeling really good about his game right now. ”

Coach Andrew Brunette on Sam Reinhart after playing St. Louis Blues on December 4.

Like “Bruno” said, it’s hard for a player from another franchise to come in and try to fit in with the squad. Although, Reinhart is completely mingling with his new friends in Sunrise, Florida. Speaking of his friends, teammates, also from Buffalo, guardian Brandon Montour put a good word for the press.

“It’s amazing, he’s a great guy. We’re friends and obviously, on the tape, you can see his talent. So on both sides, off the ice and on the ice, it’s great to have him with us. “

Brandon Montour on having Sam Reinhart as a teammate in Florida

What’s next for Reinhart

Of course, Reinhart has shown he can make big strides and play a vital role for anyone he’s with. However, he needs to match his playing ability, as there have been matches where he has been completely eliminated on the scoreboard. However, his performance sent the Cats to the top of the league despite their recent adversities and injury errors.

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The Panthers have an elite talent in “Rino” who can adapt to the role of both a winger and center on every line. If he’s used properly, Florida will have a Broward County beach hockey game after the upcoming season.

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