Sam Reinhart skates today. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart must create more offense to earn roster spot

BUFFALO – Time is running out for top Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart to make a notable impression this preseason.

The No. 2 pick in June has zero points and just two shots on goal through three preseason appearances. Still, Sabres coach Ted Nolan has said he’s seen improvements in the slick center’s game, especially late in contests.

Nolan will play Reinhart the final two exhibition games. The Sabres host Washington on Wednesday and play in Carolina on Friday.

The 18-year-old probably needs to score if he wants to secure a roster spot.

“As everybody else, you got to do it,” Nolan said. “You can’t just hope you’re going to do it, you got to do it, and that’s not putting pressure on anybody.”

Reinhart understands he could be sent back to the Western Hockey League.

“It would be disappointing,” Reinhart said. “But I’m aware. If that does happen, I’ll do everything I can to take it as a positive and go down and dominate.”

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