He needs to be stronger and better balanced from what I've seen (falls all the time, gets knocked off the puck fairly easily), but he's got promise. At the moment I think he honestly belongs in the AHL. Next season or the one after I could see him coming up to the Flames full-time and being effective.
Interesting that two posters have mentioned his balance an strength being a issue. I was at the game on Saturday in Vancouver, and one of the things which impressed me the most about Reinhart was his ability to hold his own against the boards and in the corners. He made strength plays against bigger defencemen which plenty of our veteran forwards have been incapable of this season.
I think he'll eventually be able to stick it out as a great 3rd liner. Seemed to do the right things defensively and be in the right position. Depending on our center depth and his offseason work I don't think its too much of a reach to see him on the roster more often next season.
Possibly. He's certainly not the fastest guy on the block, but he's got good instincts. The only real negative I can see with him is the physical aspect; a lot of his decision-making looked like it was to compensate for his lack of speed, lower body strength. Some of his decision making looked a little delayed (expected when a guy makes the jump for the first time), but I don't think I caught any of his decisions being bad ones.
He looked better acclimated to the pro game vs. the Canucks and had a few opportunities to score; came really close on one shot and finished even with 5 shots. - not bad. He has a sense of how to forecheck to create the loose puck/turnover in the offensive zone although when he is doing it he seems a little out of control. Could form into a great 3rd line centre with the right lines mates to grind out the low cycle. He has to get better at face-offs and hitting but the desire is there and the chances will come.
and scored his first goal (Vs. the oilers) & named second star of the game. Right on Max!
There was a post game interview with brothers Max and Griffin (who is HUGE). Nice to see Street, Horak, Baertschi (also got his first of the season too) & Aliu all play part in a nice spoiler style win there.