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Sabres could choose between a pair of Sam's

If the Sabres do end up with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, they might have to decide who is the better Sam?


Sam Reinhart, center for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League was thought by many to be the best player available.  But it was another Sam who had the top spot when the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its mid term rankings.


Sam Bennett is a center for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.  The six foot, 178 pounder is fourth in the OHL with 66 points in 40 games.

You can listen to the entire interview with Dan Marr:


The CSB lists Bennett number one among North American skaters.  They have a separate ranking for European skaters.  CSB Director Dan Marr was a guest on WGR on Tuesday and described Bennett as a very dynamic player who is a scoring threat whenever he's on the ice.


Marr added some attributes that would certainly make Sabres Head Coach Ted Nolan smile.  Marr said Bennett plays with a competitive edge, always goes to the net and gets in the dirty areas.  He said Bennett's combination of leadership and skill set reminds him of Jonathan Toews.


Reinhart was slotted fourth in the rankings.  The six foot, 185 pounder has 16 goals and 50 points in 33 games for Kootenay and recently returned to the team after playing for Canada at the World Junior Championships. 


Marr called Reinhart an exceptional talent with the puck and said his hockey sense and hockey IQ are probably the best of anyone in the draft.  Reinhart is receiving praise from the NHL's scouts for his vision, passing and on ice awareness.


The number two North American prospect according to the CSB is Leon Draisaitl, a center with Prince Albert of the WHL.  A native of Germany, Draisaitl has 18 goals and 51 points in 33 games and he too is back from representing his country in the World Juniors. 


Marr said the 6'1", 208 pound Draisaitl is a power forward with good size, long reach and a strong shot.  Marr added that Draisaitl is one of the best in the draft when it comes to protecting the puck and is one of the best set up men.


Aaron Ekblad is the lone defenseman in the top four.  He is a big boy at 6'3", 216 pounds.  Ekblad plays for Barrie in the OHL and has 10 goals and 25 points in 29 games.


Marr described Ekblad as a smart, solid defender who can be a building block for any NHL team.  Ekblad's offensive game has developed rapidly this season and he excels at settling his team down at critical times in a game.

You can listen to the entire interview with Dan Marr:


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