LD Griffin Reinhart (2012, 4th overall, New York Islanders)
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11-24-2012, 11:00 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Edmonton, AB
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Reinhart may look like a man amongst boys (he certainly did last night), but he still needs to physically mature to be able to succeed against the men of the NHL. He'll obviously get bigger, but he still needs to work on his skating to add more quickness and burst in his stride. I was pleasantly surprised by his mobility as it was better than I expected, but adding that extra step would make him very difficult to beat at the NHL level.
As for his offense, he certainly has the tools. He's got that big shot and he makes very quick and smart decisions with the puck. He looked good QB'ing the PP when he got the chance, I'm not a fan of the 5 forward 1st unit PP for Edmonton btw. I don't think he's being utilized in an offensive role as he's just so advanced defensively. If he were to spend another year there next year, he'd be getting like 30 minutes/game of ice time and should get opportunities to expand his offensive game at the appropriate level. If he doesn't make the WJC this year, he's got to be a lock next year. He'll never be a huge point guy, but he could develop into a 30-35 pt guy and that would make him a beast considering his shut down ability.
Besides, the Oil Kings have some sick facilities... They may be better than what the Isles have right now. I'd rather he hone his game there than at the NHL level.
Agreed. And as Crew mentioned before, seems as though his minutes with the Isles would be limited, so definitely wouldn't hurt for him to dominate the W next year.
That being said, as far as the rest, I just don't think one year will be a massive difference. If the Isles want to wait for him to improve footspeed, offense, and get stronger, they might as well let him do one more year in Edmonton, 1-2 years in the A, and then go to Long Island.
I think 2-3 years allows for significant improvement, I just don't think he's going to vastly improve footspeed or offense with one extra whl season.
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