In return, the Sabres will receive goaltending prospect Devon Levi and a 2022 first-round pick.
We have acquired forward Sam Reinhart from the @buffalosabres in exchange for our first-round selection in the 2022 #NHLDraft and goaltender Devon Levi.
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— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) July 24, 2021
Reinhart, 25, tied a career-high with 25 goals last season and reached the 40-point plateau for the sixth consecutive year. In Florida, Reinhart joins a Panthers team coming off its best regular season performance ever, where he will be slotted into a forward core that includes stars Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.
Levi, 19, was a freshman at Northeastern University last season but didn't appear in a game. He was the starter for the silver-medal winning Team Canada at 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships and posted a .964 save percentage with three shutouts in seven games at that tournament.
The move comes hours after the Sabres traded another long-time franchise cornerstone, Rasmus Ristolainen, to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres made two picks in the first round of the draft on Friday: Defenceman Owen Power first overall and right wing Isak Rosen 14th overall.