The Buffalo Sabres have traded forward Sam Reinhart to the Florida Panthers for goaltender Devon Levi and a conditional 2022 first-round pick.
Pierre LeBrun: The pick is top 10 protected. It would move to 2023 if in the top 10.
The 25-year old Reinhart was drafted 2nd overall in the 1st round of the 2014 draft. He is a restricted free agent.
The 19-year old Levi was drafted 212th overall in the 2020 draft by the Panthers.
David Pagnotta: Panthers GM Bill Zito: “Sam has established himself as one of the best playmaking scorers in the league, and we are thrilled to be able to add him to our lineup.”
George Richards of Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers are believed to want an extension in place before the deal is finalized.
Bill Whitehead: The Panthers now have three of the top four picks from the 2014 draft.
1st – Aaron Ekblad
2nd – Sam Reinhart
4th – Sam Bennett
They are only missing Leon Draisaitl from the top four.
Frozen Tools: “Lots of talent in Florida so plenty of opportunity for him to maintain his scoring level. The only concern is he could end up off the top line which would limit his upside.”
Sam Reinhart, traded to FLA, is a strong top-six two-way forward who scores efficiently. He was one of the few Sabres whose finishing didn’t mysteriously vanish this season. #FlaPanthers pic.twitter.com/bdJVCgkzBW
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 24, 2021
Sam Reinhart (traded to Florida for a prospect and a 2022 first) is a good defensive forward with an excellent shot. pic.twitter.com/9C3qs3VVoA
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) July 24, 2021