The Buffalo Sabres have sent No. 2 overall draft pick Sam Reinhart to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.
Reinhart, 19, has played in nine games for the struggling Sabres, recording one assist and just three shots on goal.
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NHL rules stipulate that a drafted rookie can play in up to nine games on a trial basis. Once Reinhart played his 10th, he would’ve been committed to the NHL for the full season and started the clock on his rookie contract.
Sabres coach Ted Nolan has played him mostly on the fourth line and not used him on the power play.
Reinhart has proven himself at the junior level, scoring 105 points for Kootenay last season and a career total of 101 goals in 203 games for the Ice.