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2012-2013 Prospect Talk PART IV
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11-16-2012, 12:14 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Watertown, MA
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I agree. Especially with the Chara skating comparison. Those big guys are deceptive in the way they move. Even more so as youths. But every game I've seen Reinhart, I have seen almost zero offense. That is where my doubts are.
It's clear that Reinhart is going to earn his keep in the NHL as a shut down guy. He'll be able to log big minutes and be on the #1PK and probably the #2PP. Of course it's concerning when a #4 overall pick isn't putting up the expected numbers, but he still has some time to develop that part of his game when given the opportunity.
It's not as if he's getting major PP minutes and he's obviously in the role of shutdown guy evident from the two Super Series games. He's just not being utilized in an offensive capacity. The Oil Kings use him that way and it's clear that Team Canada views him that way also. The kid is a rock back there though, no one can deny that. He's been kind of type cast and set in that role (because he's so damn solid at it) and will probably continue to be used in that fashion the rest of his Junior career. The kid is supposed to have a big shot, not being utilized by the coaching staff IMO.
I can definitely see the KJ comparison though and I'd be thrilled if Reinhart does develop into KJ 2.0. I just hope that he's given the opportunity to be used in a more offensive role and given some premium PP play to unleash his vaunted shot in the future. I get the feeling that he won't be given that opportunity until he's established himself in the NHL. That's my main concern with him, but I'm slowly not feeling so bad that we passed on Forsberg. Big Griff should be a tower of power for a long time on the Isles.
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