Staying in NHL is best for Reinhart’s future – Buffalo News

Sam Reinhart has much to prove as an NHL player, but give the kid credit for this much: He already has mastered the art of politely answering questions without providing any real insight. Then again, what was the rookie center to say Thursday about his uncertain future?

Reinhart is 18 years old. He lacks the maturity and experience – not to mention confidence and credibility – to add his two cents into a complex situation. He’s like many young adults who aren’t sure of themselves. They mind their manners and follow marching orders until told otherwise.

Of course he would rather play in the NHL. Of course he would rather continue living a lifelong dream and enjoy the riches of hockey at the highest level. But he had no expectations and certainly didn’t have the audacity to predict whether he would remain in Buffalo for the rest of the season.

“It’s out of my control,” Reinhart said after the Sabres’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Bruins. “My focus was on tonight. Now, it’s shifting toward practice tomorrow and Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. It’s going to be the same way until something is said to me. I try not to think about it.”

The game Thursday marked Reinhart’s ninth in the NHL and his final audition before the organization determines whether he remains in Buffalo or returns to junior for more seasoning. General Manager Tim Murray said afterward he made up his mind but wasn’t planning to share his decision until today.

Murray might want to consider sending half of his roster to Moose Jaw considering how the Sabres have played this season. They were outshot again Thursday, this time 37-15, and yet it passed for a better performance by their standards. Drew Stafford scored on the power play, marking two firsts with one goal.

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