Could Sam Reinhart move back to center?

Buffalo Sabres

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 30: Sam Reinhart #23 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Sabres 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With the legal tampering period open ahead of free agency, general manager Jason Botterill said he’d use some of the young stars on the team — Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Dahlin — as part of his sales pitch in trying to bring free agents to the Blue & Gold.

The Sabres have plenty of needs and a No. 2 center is right at the top of the list. Which, also leads back to Reinhart.

When selected second overall in the 2014 draft, Reinhart was a center.

He’s since made the move to the wing and has thrived skating alongside Eichel, evidence of his career year with 65 points (22 goals, 43 assists).

But, could Reinhart be in for a position change back to center to help bolster the Blue & Gold down the middle?

Botterill spoke about that scenario after the draft in Vancouver on Saturday.

“It’s always a possibility there.  You have to be open to it and we’ll see how things go with Ralph (Krueger) with that discussion.  But I also think over the last year or so, he’s excelled on the wing and I think he’s in a position where he can drive a line from the wing,” Botterill said.  “You’ve seen that a lot in the National Hockey League. There’s certainly a focus on center but some of the higher-end skill players are driving lines from the wing.”

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