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Griffin Reinhart | Defenseman

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (20) / 1/24/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 206
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Griffin Reinhart has an excellent opportunity to make the opening night roster of the New York Islanders.
Reinhart was selected fourth overall in the 2012 Draft but was returned to the Edmonton Oil Kings after training camp last season and led the team to the Memorial Cup. He is more of a defensive defenseman and had only 34 points in 66 games for the Oil Kings last season so he is not expected to be a strong fantasy player. The Islanders have only a couple of veterans on the blueline and that gives Reinhart a big advantage going into training camp. Look for Reinhart to get 15-20 points this season in Long Island. Sep 20 - 10:23 AM

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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.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 10:54 AM

Griffin Reinhart took some heat on Twitter for his mistake in double overtime against Val-d'Or at the Memorial Cup on Tuesday.

The play was more of a bad bounce than anything else, as a hard pass from teammate Henrik Samuelsson hopped over his stick and resulted in a breakaway goal by Anthony Richard. However, he isn't letting the words of his "critics" get to him. "It doesn't bother me. It's a fan's perspective," he said. "It's interesting to see what people think and all that. Reading some of the things is pretty funny, but it doesn't get to me." Reinhart was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft and there's a good chance that he'll playing for the Islanders at some point next season.
May 22 - 12:08 PM

Griffin Reinhart had a goal and an assist for Canada's World Junior squad in a 4-1 victory against Switzerland on Thursday.

Reinhart was suspended for the first three games of the tournament for an incident that occurred at last year's World Junior Championship. He has looked very good in the two games that he has played since his return. Canada will play Finland in one semifinal match-up on Saturday.
Jan 2 - 2:10 PM

Griffin Reinhart has been returned to the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings.

That move isn't surprising given that Reinhart had been relegated to the press box after making the team out of training camp. Reinhart felt that even just practicing in the NHL was better for his development than playing in the WHL. In fact, he doesn't think he has "too much more" to learn in the junior league, so it will be interesting to see how he responds to this demotion.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 12:22:00 PM

Even though he's been kept in the press box with the New York Islanders, Griffin Reinhart doesn't think returning to the WHL would be beneficial.

"It's a little frustrating not playing, but I've been in junior several years now, and I don't think there's too much more for me to be learned down there," Reinhart said. "So I think just practicing here — even if I was just practicing here all year, and playing a few games — I'd learn more from these guys than going back to junior." His desire to stay in the NHL is understandable, but at the age of 19, getting little to no playing time isn't great for his development. At this point it seems likely that the Islanders will return him to the Edmonton Oil Kings sooner rather than later.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Griffin Reinhart continues to show the Islanders that he deserves a spot on the defensive corps with a fine preseason.

Reinhart was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 Draft and has shown strong play in the Islanders defensive zone. Reinhart is a solid two-way defenseman who has a good shot from the point. He'll likely concentrate on the defensive side of play when he starts his NHL career at the expense of some offensive points but he is worth looking at in a couple of seasons as far as fantasy pools are concerned.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Griffin Reinhart is targeting a roster spot with the New York Islanders to open the 2013-14 season.

"I'm expecting myself to play here. I just want to reach for the best," said Reinhart. "If not, I'll go back to junior and I won't take it as a bad thing. I'll try to use it to get better." The Islanders lost Mark Streit during the off-season to Philadelphia, so there could be an opening for him on the back end this year. Reinhart was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 06:42:00 PM

Griffin Reinhart wants to prove that he doesn't lack intensity.

"I know I've been criticized in the past, for not necessarily being lazy, but not urgent enough and intense," Reinhart said. "I think I've really worked on that and I think they've seen that now in me a little bit and I've got to continue working on that even more." Reinhart had eight goals and 29 points in 59 games last season.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 09:12:00 AM

The New York Islanders have returned defenseman Griffin Reinhart to his junior team, the Edmonton Oil Kings, in the WHL.

Reinhart represented Canada at the World Junior Championship and he has been solid in the WHL this campaign, while chipping in 14 points in 32 contests. The Isles selected Reinhart with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Canadian defenseman Griffin Reinhart was suspended four games for a high stick on Team USA's Vince Trochek.

He will miss the bronze-medal game against Russia, plus three more tilts. The Islanders' and Panthers' prospects were tangled up while fighting for the puck and Reinhart struck Trochek in the head while on his knees. The infraction only warranted a two-minute penalty and Trochek was not hurt, but the IIHF handed out the harshest penalty ever in world junior hockey tournament history, saying Reinhart "delivered a two-handed slash to the head that was "very careless, dangerous and avoidable." Team Canada general manager Scott Salmond was "surprised, shocked" over the ruling.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Griffin Reinhart, star defenceman for the Edmonton Oil Kings, cracked Team Canada's World Juniors lineup last week after an impressive mini-camp.

The stay-at-home defenceman will play a shut down role for Canadian Head Coach Steve Spott, who calls him an "efficient" and "economical" addition. Reinhart has compiled a solid stat line thus far in the WHL, with 4 goals, 10 assists, 12 PIM and is a +9 through 31 games.
Sat, Dec 15, 2012 06:26:00 AM

Griffin Reinhart and Henrik Samuelsson were unable to make a dent on the score board as their Edmonton Oil Kings fell to the Kelowna Rockets 3-2.

It's been a slow season points-wise for Reinhart so far, as he's been held to just a goal and four assists. Things have been more positive for Samuelsson, however, as he has 10 tallies and nine helpers for 19 points while racking up 33 penalty minutes so far.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 12:36:00 AM

New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart scored his first goal for the Edmonton Oil Kings, who defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2 on Thursday.

The fourth pick of the 2012 NHL Draft has four points and six penalties so far this season. It seems like he stands a nice chance of improving on his previous numbers with the team this season, but it's tough to imagine him being ready for an immediate jump to the NHL if that opportunity even arises in 2012-13.
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 04:25:00 AM

Griffin Reinhart factored into the Edmonton Oil Kings' 5-3 win over the Kootenay Ice, collecting an assist in the contest.

Fellow first-round draft pick Henrik Samuelsson collected a goal in the game as well. Griffin had the pleasure of defeating his brother Sam Reinhart, a forward for Kootenay.
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 12:20:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Cory Conacher
4Johan Sundstrom
5Eric Boulton
6Brock Nelson
7Michael Dal Colle
RW1Nikolai Kulemin
2Kyle Okposo
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Colin McDonald
6Jack Skille
7Joshua Ho-Sang
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Travis Hamonic
3Calvin De Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Matt Carkner
6Griffin Reinhart
7Brian Strait
8Matt Donovan
9T.J. Brennan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson