replying to the general posts on this thread / page, not just the bolded above, but IMO: If the Sabres don't move Reinhart to his own line longer-term, regardless of whether they re-sign Skinner, then they definitely need to find another player like Reinhart if they are serious about being a deep playoff run contender during their Eichel/Dahlin window of opportunity. To me, Reinhart is (currently) the Swiss-Army-knife-Jochen-Hecht (with higher upside, depending on linemates) the Sabres will absolutely need for deep playoff runs. I hope Mittelstadt projects to the rounded skill sets Reinhart does (like some of the film we saw in the WJC and the Gophers games), but I'm not seeing that at the NHL level yet, and that's not a knock on Mittelstadt. Those that watch the Amerks can comment if there's someone else coming up who might be Reinhart, or Reinhart-lite. To the bolded, IMO Reinhart is hands down the current Sabres forward who is most effective playing with either his back to the opponent's net, or facing it.