LD Griffin Reinhart (2012, 4th overall, New York Islanders)
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12-06-2011, 04:52 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
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Safe to say the kid looks to be back to form.
Watched him on Sunday and showed MASSIVE improvement from my two early season viewings of him. His solid skating was back and he didn't show any cracks when facing a stiff forecheck.
Is a very underrated passer and was able to start the rush or join it.
My only concern with him now is that he needs to play more 'mean' as a guy who is 6'4. Isn't afraid to hit, but I would like to see him be more involved in gritty plays and in scrums. At one point he was challenged in a scrum and totally backed down.
Either way, he was very impressive on Sunday. He's currently 4th in my WHL rankings, but I could see him passing Morgan Rielly by the end of the year, mostly due to extra exposure.
I don't know if "mean" will ever be in his game. Reinhart is a very well rounded player but he won't impose his size on anyone. I don't think his strength is where it needs to be for a player his size which may be part of the problem. Its hard to say who he compares to. I liken him to a more offensive Eric Brewer.
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