21-Year-Old Defenseman – Edmonton Oilers
Griffin Reinhart Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Islanders in August of 2012.
Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Saturday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Islanders will have a decision to make on Reinhart during training camp. He was named the MVP of the WHL Championship Series and is now ready to begin his professional career. The question is whether he will begin in the AHL or NHL. As things stand now, the smart money would seem to be on the Isles putting Reinhart in Bridgeport to begin the season, with a possible call-up coming once he proves himself in the minors. However, a strong training camp combined with the Islandersí lack of top defenders could force the organizationís hand. Long-term, both Reinhart and Ryan Pulock are the future of the Islandersí defense, as both project to be top-pair defenders. Just donít expect Reinhart to step into a vital role with the Islanders immediately upon making his debut.
Reinhart was the Islanders' 1st-round pick in the 2012 draft and had eight goals and 29 points in the WHL last season. Reinhart has had to defend some hits against his reputation as a soft player but he still projects as a possible top-four defenseman, but won't play on Long Island this season.
The fourth pick in this past June's draft, Reinhart has the size to play in the NHL immediately, but more than likely will spend a majority of the season getting accustomed to the pro game. That being said, the Islanders haven't been against starting their top picks immediately, and there is a need for young, solid, two-way defensemen on Long Island. Reinhart has some offensive upside, as he notched 36 points in 58 games with Edmonton of the Western Hockey League last season.