Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sam Reinhart Jersey Card

Sam Reinhart had a fine rookie season, scoring 23 goals with 19 assists for 42 points in 79 games on the lowly Buffalo Sabres, particularly when taking into consideration his 9-game audition the previous year, where he barely registered an assist and looked extremely out of place with the pros.

He's neither flashy nor dominant, but he has good puck control and can both pass and score well enough to be a fine second-line center in the NHL - not unlike his current linemate Ryan O'Reilly - which is fine for Buffalo, who consider Jack Eichel a shoe-in for the top-line spot.

He apparently also has some leadership skills, having captained his Junior team (Kootenay Ice) as well as wearing an "A" for Team Canada on the gold-winning team at the 2015 World Juniors. He also played for his national team at the 2016 World Championships (gold), the 2012 (bronze) and 2013 (gold) U-18s, and the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (gold, as captain).

Here he is wearing the Sabres' white (away) current/retro uniform, on card #FA-SR from Upper Deck's 2015-16 Artifacts set and Frozen Artifacts sub-set, which features a yellow game-worn jersey swatch:
I bought it on Ebay to get a feel for the set - which usually ranks among my favourites - and opted into not buying a box after all. It seems like UD phoned in the design on this, compared to years past.

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