|Assets:||Is a great puck mover with a very projectable 6-4 frame and plenty of poise. Can log huge amounts of ice time and has offensive ability. Is also an asset on special teams.|
|Flaws:||Isn't overly physical, which somewhat diminishes his all-round upside. Must fill out and become stronger physically in order to better handle big NHL forwards.|
|Career Potential:||Stabilizing, all-round big-minute defenseman with good upside.|
|WHL||East Second All-Star Team||2013-14|
|10/09/2013||Assigned to Edmonton (WHL).|
|1/17/2013||Assigned to Edmonton (WHL).|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Edmonton (WHL).|
|9/14/2012||Returned to his junior team (Edmonton-WHL).|
|8/02/2012||Signed by the New York Islanders to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/22/2012||Drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1st round (4th overall) in 2012.|
D Griffin Reinhart eyeing spot with Islanders | 07/20/2014 10:54 AM
NewsDefenseman Griffin Reinhart thinks he will make the New York Islanders in the coming season.
ImpactNew 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.
Griffin Reinhart unfazed by Twitter critics | 05/22/2014 12:08 PM
NewsGriffin Reinhart took some heat on Twitter for his mistake in double overtime against Val-d'Or at the Memorial Cup on Tuesday.
ImpactThe 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.
G. Reinhart advances Canada into WJC semis | 01/02/2014 2:10 PM
NewsGriffin Reinhart had a goal and an assist for Canada's World Junior squad in a 4-1 victory against Switzerland on Thursday.
ImpactReinhart 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.
Griffin Reinhart will head back to the WHL | 10/09/2013 12:22 PM
NewsGriffin Reinhart has been returned to the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings.
Dan Rosen on Twitter
ImpactThat 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.
Reinhart hasn't cracked Islanders' lineup yet | 10/09/2013 9:50 AM
NewsEven 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.
New York Post
Impact"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.
Griffin Reinhart continues fine showing | 09/22/2013 9:50 AM
NewsGriffin Reinhart continues to show the Islanders that he deserves a spot on the defensive corps with a fine preseason.
New York Newsday
ImpactReinhart 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.
Griffin Reinhart eyes roster spot with Isles | 09/12/2013 6:42 PM
NewsGriffin Reinhart is targeting a roster spot with the New York Islanders to open the 2013-14 season.
Impact"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.
Griffin Reinhart wants to show intensity | 07/11/2013 9:12 AM
NewsGriffin Reinhart wants to prove that he doesn't lack intensity.
New York Newsday
Impact"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.
Griffin Reinhart heads back to WHL | 01/17/2013 9:46 PM
NewsThe New York Islanders have returned defenseman Griffin Reinhart to his junior team, the Edmonton Oil Kings, in the WHL.
ImpactReinhart 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.
Canada's Griffin Reinhart suspended 4 games | 01/04/2013 12:30 PM
NewsCanadian defenseman Griffin Reinhart was suspended four games for a high stick on Team USA's Vince Trochek.
ImpactHe 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.
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