Reinhart Has Eyes Set on Making it to the NHL This Season

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Griffin Reinhart isn’t looking to start the 2014-15 season in scenic Connecticut. The 20-year-old defenseman wants to be in the NHL on October 10th when the Islanders open their season in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

The fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft spent last season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings, where he won the memorial cup and was named MVP of the WHL Championships. Now Reinhart’s goal is to make it in the professional ranks.griffin-reinhart-islanders

It is widely believed that Reinhart will make the Islanders roster on opening night and a trip to Bridgeport would not be how he wants to begin the year.

“Obviously I’m going to mind,” he said when asked about being sent down to the Sound Tigers. “It’s [the Islanders] decision and I wasn’t happy being sent down last year, but Know I just gotta take the positives out of it. Keep getting better and just gotta do the same thing if that happens again this year.”

Reinhart did make the most of his final season in juniors. He was a core player for the Oil Kings championship run and put up 21 point (four goals, 17 assists) in 45 regular season games. Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano was pleased with how Reinhart developed over the season.

“He played a lot of minutes. I talked to  [former Oil Kings Head Coach] Derek Laxdal as the season went on there too and he was a horse for those guys,” Capuano said. “He gained a great deal of experience, most importantly winning a championship and how hard it is and how tough it is. The fact that he was able to do that we’re proud of him and now he’s going to get an opportunity come september.”

Reinhart agreed that the experience was good and that it helped to build character and the experience will be useful on the ice in game situations.

“It’s a always good to have that experience and play, and realize how hard it is to win championships. And when you do that I think it makes you a better player and a person,” Reinhart said.

With all that experience in hand and this camp being his third mini camp on Long Island the Islanders top defensive prospect feels ready to make the jump to the NHL.

Reinhart had a strong showing in training camp last season and pushed pretty hard for a spot. This year, after such a strong season, the Islanders would be ill advised to have him start in Bridgeport.

“I’m confident in myself,”Reinhart said. “I think I’m ready, but at the end of the day it’s the team’s decision where they want to put me. If they think I’m ready or they don’t that’s all their decision, but I have full confidence in myself. I want to make an impact and show them that I can play here.”




130 comments
firecappy
firecappy

Watching Reinhart last night was interesting.  He just looks like he plays the game effortlessly.  Twice it looked like he was about to be burned for breakaways and within 2 seconds he just comes from the side and knocked the puck away and it didn't even look like he was skating hard.  I hadn't heard much about his shot but it was clocked at 89mph and he keeps it low and on net. Can't wait to see him on the team!  Ho Sang was great!  It's only one game but with his puck handling skills, speed and playmaking ability this kid just may one day be the steal of the draft.

If these defensive prospects pan out we are on our way to having one of the biggest defensive corps in the league.

Frank Trovato
Frank Trovato

I havent seen anyone mention Yuri Terao.. he stood out he was all over the ice and impressed the heck out of me. 

islesfan
islesfan

Just got back from scrimmage.  Here are some thoughts.  It was just a scrimmage and a sloppy one at that so who knows but it was good to get a look at a bunch of guys that were just names.


Reinhart - Took it easy but you can picture him as a big steady presence on the blue line.  Looked like a man among boys out there.  Paired with Pulock most of the scrimmage, future 1st line pairing?


Dal Colle - He's a big kid with good skating ability.  Looked good barreling down the left wing and on the few chances he had.  


Ho-Sang - The kid is a playmaker.  Very quick and loves to have the puck.  Holds on to it a little too long sometimes.  Not afraid to go into the corner and get the puck and seems like a willing passer.  Always in the action.


Pokka, Pulock, Pelech- didn't do much to stand out.  


Quine - don't know him but he stood out.  Has offensive skills.  

erika
erika

HO SANG!!! The kid was the best player on the ice tonight. Can't wait to see him use those sick moves in an actual game! Also, I thought Quine was pretty good, and Russo keeps on scoring everytime he plays in one of these scrimmages.

dkdk
dkdk

I really wanted Demko when we traded back into the first round, but Ho Sang won me over tonight. I know I shouldn't let one prospect game influence me too much but the kid had undeniable skills.

shlo
shlo

Ho Sang was fan favorite. Very energetic and promising. Blue team was faster and created havoc . Reinhardt needs to be faster, but you can see he is a good player.

Everybody else was just average. Churchman (cant spell his name) was the best player IMO.

You can see he had some NHL experience.

vegasvic
vegasvic

Ho sang out shined del colle

vegasvic
vegasvic

Ho sang.has some sick moves. Loving the game now. Can't wait til Brooklyn. The belt blew on the way in.

Danny Tortorella
Danny Tortorella

Jspickett. Bro please just stop it with the bottom 5 crap. Yes this organization has been horrible for 2 decades but beside last years hiccup cause Garth didn't get us a Goalie we made The playoffs the year before and the excitement now for this year is legit. We have 2 real GOALTENDERS. SO please just stop it. Those days are over. Good times ahead

Nelson - Tavares - Okposo

Kulemin - Grabovski - Grabner

Lee - Nielsen - Strome

Martin - Cizikas - Clutterbuck


Bailey, Conacher


DeHaan - Hamonic

Hickey - Visnovsky

Reinhart - Pulock/Strait/Carkner/Brennan/Donovan/Mayfield


Jaro

Johnson


BRP


Persson, Sundstrom, Collberg, Crus-Rydberg, Skille, Mouillierat are the only relevant forwards (We hate Kabanov)


Donovan - Mayfield

Czuczman - Pokka

Pelech - Pedan/Graham/Leduc/Burroughs

j_spikett
j_spikett

no i won't go away. if i or anyone else can just convoke one person to not spend any money on this corrupt sadistic owner and his rancid GM than we are doing a tremendous service to the fans of this team.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

A few thoughts: 

1. Based on reports and the quality of competition, (barring a major trade) Reinhart makes the team. 

2. as of now I see (in no particular order): Viz, Reinhart, Hamonic DeHaan, Hickey, Czuzman as the top 6. 

3. Might be a tossup between Donovan and Czuzman for last spot as Dono has offensive skills

4. Strait and Carkner are depth. Viz is fragile, so I assume Dono takes his spot at some point. 


Frankly, my biggest concern with the whole team is coaching, not the O or the D or the goalies. 



Don22
Don22

@Jason Zimmermann Did those guys rub teammates the wrong way though?  I agree, I think he is worth the risk.  But I think the biggest concern they had about him is alienating his teammates by thinking only of himself.  I think they worried about how he would carry the puck too much in order to try and score himself, rather than pass it off for a better scoring chance.  I also think they may have worried about his excessive scoring celebrations.  There was one where he practically skated past the opponents bench pointing to them and laughing.  


That's my guesses, but I don't really know.  I'm hoping it's there lose.  From what I've seen, he has said all the right things and even seems to be a pretty good playmaker.  We'll see I guess.  High hopes for sure.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Jason Zimmermann  Could not agree more. I saw the first period and he was terrific - great speed and even better passing. I think this team needs players with chips on their shoulder and something to prove. Also, the media is so two-faced; players get criticized for stock answers and vilified for candor, as you well know.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@erika Forgive me for the dumb question (I'm out of town) was the game broadcast, online or did you go?  

mrcisback
mrcisback

@dkdk Hey DK. I was saying the thing. If the Islanders came away with Dal Colle or Ritchie with the 5th pick and somehow traded back into the end of the 1st and picked Demko it would be a great day. But maybe Ho Sang may turn out to be Zigmund Palffy part 2.

shlo
shlo

@dkdk he was something, wasn't he?  I liked the undrafted kid Rutt I think  number 7 on the white team D. It looked like he was fighting for a job.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@Danny Tortorella Danny i'm surprised you haven't recognized the Ranger fans that post on this web site every once in a while. If your not happy with the moves that were made so far then i really wonder if there Islander fans at all.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@j_spikett Convoke. To convoke is to call a meeting specifically one that is formal.

Don22
Don22

@j_spikett Get off your high horse.  You are doing no such service to anyone.  The fans of this team don't need you.  I am still waiting for you to say something factual.  You have stated things on this site that were factually UNTRUE.  Yet when we call you out on them, you run for the hills.  


This is actually the first time I have ever seen you reply to someone that calls you out - although technically you didn't - you just did a new post.  You don't reply to the actual person replying to you because you can't hold your own.  Your posts have no substance nor merit and they are tiring.

myisles72
myisles72

@j_spikett You'll never convoke me to do what you say, since that's not what the way the word is used.

since72
since72

@bubbamac19 I think Brennan is going to get ice time.  I still would like to see a vet D in the middle of this group. Vis cannot be counted on.  I think Snow all but told us this with the Boyle trade.  Maybe some of the guys who have been talking about Odulya or Boychuk are right.  Wait out the teams who are in cap hell and see who becomes available for a prospect - and not a top one!

erika
erika

@Don22 @Jason Zimmermann I think if any player is a big part as to why the team is winning, I doubt he will rub his team mates the wrong way. If they are not winning...well, then frustration will set in.

erika
erika

@jepliberty @erika Would love to give that combo a shot! Besides speed, Grabs is good defensively so can probably cover for Ho Sang's rookie mistakes just with speed alone!

Don22
Don22

@jepliberty @erika The speed would be pretty awesome, but I think Ho-Sang may need someone who can get him the puck - like a Strome/JT type.  

erika
erika

@dzruggie @erika Was there. Missed the draft due to a family function, so I was determined to get a glimpse of del Colle and Ho Sang. Del Colle has some nice size, and Ho Sang...well...he kind of blew me away!

dkdk
dkdk

Hey MrC, we can only hope! I saw your posts the other day, welcome back you were missed. Hope you had a good time on the other coast.

dkdk
dkdk

Shlo..... That is so ironic, I kept pointing out Rutt to my son. He played with an edge and was very physical. It was nice to see some of the Long Island kids score tonight too. But Ho Sang looked really, really good. With so many kids playing it was a little hard getting into a flow so I am sure that played a part but none of the dmen really stood out to me except maybe Czuchzman on a couple of shifts.

cginsc
cginsc

I think he was trying to spell condone... Convoke does not fit the sentence at all.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@since72 @bubbamac19 Chi not shy about cutting players loose. Remember they did it with Buff and Niemi after they won the Cup. Don't see how they can sign Saad. He wouldn't be a left wing, would he? Have to trade a dal Colle or someone like him. Some gifted prospect, not ready for primetime, on entry-level contract.

cginsc
cginsc

Been saying Boychuk or Oduya for days! I bet they can be had for barely anything. Kane and Toews are $21M next year. They still need to sign Saad. Boston still hasn't made any progress with their salary dilemma. If the Isles can get one of those two, it would be huge. It gives the Isles and Bport something its been missing. Legitimate depth at defense.

NYI

CdH - Hammer

Oduya/Boychuck - Viz (until IR)

Hickey - Reinhart?

Healthy scratch - Strait? Carkner? ( I'd waive both)

Bport

Brennan - Donovan

Pokka- Pulock

Czuchman - Mayfield

No matter how it shakes out, if we get another defenseman or not, we're in good shape at this position for a while.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Don22 @jepliberty @erika 

Don, right after my posting I thought of that scenario exactly, as both are pretty much puck hogs, and wouldn't pass it along too much, however on the PK  it would be awesome with their speed, it would certainly instill fear on the opponents Dcorp, no doubt.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@erika @dzruggie I like this kids persona - let's hope he makes the most of his chance....it is worth millions :-)  

mrcisback
mrcisback

@dkdk Thank you. Its good to be back. Now i need vacation from the vacation. So far i really like all the moves that were made especially the signing of the backup goaltender.

shlo
shlo

@islesfan @dkdk  I thought the Czuczman was probably the best on the ice. Most of the high end prospects kind of took it easy except Ho Sang.  Rutt really tried to make an impression.

If we noticed him I am  sure Snow did (am I optimistic here?)

Don22
Don22

@cginsc Nothing he writes fits.  He is constantly posting incorrect things.

cginsc
cginsc

Saad is a LW. I'm betting CHI will cut salary elsewhere to keep him though. Many GM's were calling for him at the trade deadline in the shortened season I believe. CHI showed zero interest in moving him then just like Snow has said about Strome and Reinhart. I doubt they will want to move him now. This is his last year of his ELC, so I suspect they will try to extend him this year before he goes RFA. But the kid is awesome. I'd love to see him in an Isles uni. Chicago is in trouble though. 11 of their players have no trade/movement clauses. Oduya ( one of my trade targets) included. They're over the cap already so anything is possible. Maybe they try to move Hossa and his $5+M salary as he doesn't have a clause. Who knows. But everyone knows CHI is in a bad cap situation. Committing $21M to JT and PK next year makes their problem worse. But I seriously doubt they move Saad. Too much upside at 21.

edouble
edouble

I am baffled that all of u put hickey in the lineup. I wld much rather see Dono, czuchman, out there over him. What am I missing. He gets dominated down low.

since72
since72

@cginsc Brennan is on a 1 way contract so cannot be sent to the Bridge.  

dkdk
dkdk

MrC ... Me too. I always preferred signing a guy that is used to being a backup than asking Nabby to become one. Playing once every two weeks can be tough if you aren't used to it.

Don22
Don22

@shlo @islesfan @dkdk I was thinking about this yesterday and maybe it's true - maybe not.    Do you think a lot of guys "took it easy" because they don't want to end up hurting anyone?  I can imagine a guy that wants to make the team (either NHL or AHL) wants to impress, but in a scrimmage like this does anyone really want to risk hurting one of the team's higher rated players?   Can you imagine a player going into the corner to lay a hit on Dal Colle and they accidentally hurt his knee?  Something tells me that guy would be on the next bus out.  LOL.  


Just a thought that may have no merit whatsoever.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@edouble I guess you are missing that he had the best plus and minus on the team.  He actually used his size well in terms of positioning.  Yes he will not physically compete with the big guys but that is not his game.  He is better than Dono - by a lot.

cginsc
cginsc

Whoops. Good catch. OK, if anything he lands in the healthy scratch spot at worst.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@since72 @cginsc 1 way = same pay regardless of AHL or NHL


2 way = different pay depending on if he is playing in the AHL or NHL 



mrcisback
mrcisback

@dkdk The Islanders goaltending went from nearly last in the league to around top ten now in my opinion.

shlo
shlo

@Don22 @shlo @islesfan @dkdk You are  right. Throughout the game there were maybe 4 hits, only one ended in a "stare down" from the receiving player.

Mark Pomerantz
Mark Pomerantz

I think if 1 way contract is sent down, must clear waivers

since72
since72

@slapshot18_rs @since72   I've been poking around and can't figure out if he would have to clear waivers or not.  At 25 it's close but he doesn't have all that many NHL games under his belt so maybe not.  In any case, the Isles need PP help on the back end and this is what he was brought in for, so I doubt he will be in the AHL in any event.

Ajay Gill
Ajay Gill

Waivers are 70 gms I believe and out of entry level contract so Donovan can't be sent down without clearing won't happen. Brennan can be just like you say pay of 600k guaranteed , regardless we have way too many d not sure how many nhl 2 way contracts can be in the echl so between Pokka ( he'll be back to Finland if not given a spot I hear) you have reinhart pulock pelech pedan mayfield churchman. Still leaves Leduc and graham. On the island hamonic DeHann visk(until injured) hickey Donovan Brennan strait carkner. That's 8 D means can only have 13 F we have 16. Waive macdonald Boulton still have to move a body. Regardless F or D something has to give can't make a trade unless 2 bodies move out for 1 plus still have to waive 2 players minimum. Good problem I guess. If Garth cant get top $ earners then make the 3/4 line look like subpar 2/3 still an improvement. Should be a fun season!