Defenseman Griffin Reinhart thinks he will make the New York Islanders in the coming season.
New York's first-round pick (No. 4 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 217-pound defenseman impressed Islanders brass at training camp and scored a goal in a preseason game against the Calgary Flames. But the Isles decided Reinhart would be better served returning to the WHL. In his final season of junior hockey, Reinhart learned what it takes to become a champion. The Oil Kings captain played 66 games in the regular season and playoffs, and combined for 34 points and a plus-31 rating, leading Edmonton to a Memorial Cup championship. Now, he's itching to make the Islanders. And, if he does, he'll be circling Dec. 27 on his calendar. That will be New York's first game against the Buffalo Sabres, who used the second pick of the 2014 draft on center Sam Reinhart, Griffin's younger brother. Many believe Sam will play in the NHL as early as this season. He had 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in 60 games for the WHL's Kootenay Ice in 2013-14.
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