Likely On Long Island for the Short Term, Reinhart Looks to Make NHL Jump
Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:
SYOSSET, NY — As the Islanders kicked off training camp today at Iceworks, it was the first day on the ice for one of their young players who had not participated in optional skates last week. The team’s 2012 first round pick, Griffin Reinhart, was one of those having arrived on Long Island only yesterday.
“It was really cool,” Reinhart said in the lockerroom following his first day on NHL ice. “You can definitely tell that it’s a faster pace than it is up in junior. I was really looking forward to this day and it came a little later than I expected but I’m excited to be here.”
Reinhart spent the practice paired with Ty Wishart on defense, either the third or fourth defensive pairing, an indication the 18-year old could be at camp for depth and experience more than anything else.
Like his countryman and teammate Ryan Strome, Reinhart comes with a pedigree on the national stage. Both returned from the World Junior Championship earlier this month. Both also left their CHL teams, which for Reinhart is the Edmonton Oil Kings. He laced up for Edmonton on Friday night, before making the trip to New York.
“Whether that’s the last game or not that I played with them,” he said, “I got a chance to say say goodbye to them. Hopefully for my sake it is the last game I play with them but they realize that and they’re really happy for me to be here.”
“[Reinhart and fellow rookie Ryan Strome] are elite junior players,” coach Jack Capuano said after practice concluded. “But this is a big jump to make. But the one thing about those guys is that they’re quality individuals, they’re quality people, they’re good teammates.”