Sam Reinhart knows today might be his last in the NHL until next year.
"I do, but obviously I can’t let that get to me," the Sabres rookie said. "I haven’t yet. Why would I start worrying or thinking too much into it now? I’m going to keep playing my game and show them what I can do."
The second overall pick in the draft will conclude his nine-game tryout tonight when Boston visits First Niagara Center. The Sabres will then decide whether to keep him and let his entry-level contract kick in or send the 18-year-old back to junior hockey.
Reinhart says he doesn't know what the Sabres will do. Coach Ted Nolan said the team wasn't sure when it would announce the decision.
"I don’t think it’s a good thing to get into the guessing game at this point," Reinhart said. "I'm going to keep focusing on what I’ve been from the very beginning and take it one step at a time. The next step is tonight.
"We’re going to come out with a much better effort tonight, and that’s the most important thing. Whatever I can do to help our team win tonight is what I’m going to do.
"I’ve felt I’ve been getting better every day, and that’s the best thing I can do in this situation."
Nolan said the Sabres will make one personnel change on defense, but he declined to elaborate. It appears Tyson Strachan will play, but it's not clear who will come out because the Sabres conducted a sparsely attended optional morning skate.
Jhonas Enroth will play in goal for the Sabres, while the Bruins are going with backup Niklas Svedberg. He had a 32-save shutout in Buffalo's last home game two weeks ago.
Nolan's news conference is below.