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Draft Profile: Griffin Reinhart

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 12:00 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Draft Profile: Griffin Reinhart
Each weekday leading up to the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22, CarolinaHurricanes.com will profile one player we believe might be available for Carolina’s eighth pick. Previous Profiles: Cody Ceci | Mathew Dumba | Radek Faksa | Filip Forsberg | Alex Galchenyuk | Mikhail Grigorenko | Olli Maatta | Related Links: 2012 NHL Draft Preview | Hurricanes Draft History





The Carolina Hurricanes are not unfamiliar with investing in hockey families.

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Griffin Reinhart would be that next investment.

Griffin, a defenseman for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, is the son of former National Hockey League defenseman Paul Reinhart, who logged 648 career games with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Griffin’s brothers Max and Sam, forwards for the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, are also following in the family hockey footsteps. Max, the eldest brother, was drafted by the Calgary Flames 64th overall in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Sam, the youngest brother, is already projected as a top-five pick in the 2014 draft.

“It’s always something to take into consideration,” said Tony MacDonald, head of amateur scouting for the Hurricanes. “He’s from a hockey family, so he understands what it’s all about. He’s been exposed to a lot of situations in his young life to this point in time.”

Touted as one of the top defensive prospects available in a defensively-deep pool, Reinhart is an all-around cultured blueliner. He can make adept offensive choices while also using his size and strength to his advantage in his own zone. He can eat up minutes on both special teams units, quarterbacking the power play with his accurate shot and cleaning up the front of the net with his towering frame on the penalty kill.

GRIFFIN REINHART
DEFENSEMAN
HOMETOWN: VANCOUVER, B.C.
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 207
BIRTHDAY: JAN. 24, 1994 (AGE 18)

Though they differ a bit in size – Griffin measures in at 6-foot-4, 207 pounds compared to his 5-foot-11, 205-pound father – Griffin’s play reminds many scouts of his father’s game. Paul was drafted by the Atlanta Flames 12th overall in 1979. Griffin projects to be selected in the same range, if not higher.

Reinhart never got to see his father play in person; Griffin was born in 1994, and Paul had retired in 1990 at the age of 29 due to chronic back pain. Griffin has seen classic Flames games on television, and he joked about how both he and his dad make the same mistakes.

The 2011-12 season marked Reinhart’s second full campaign with the Oil Kings. In 58 games, Reinhart led Edmonton defensemen in goals with 12 (5 of which were scored on the power play) and added 24 assists (36 points). He was a plus-23, as the Oil Kings finished first in the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a 50-15-7 record.

Edmonton went on to capture the WHL championship, topping the Portland Winterhawks in seven games. Reinhart had 8 points (2g, 6a) and led his team with a plus-14 rating in 20 postseason games. He comes into the draft as the 10th ranked North American Skater according to the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.

“He’s one of the players that, from start to finish, has evolved,” MacDonald said. “He got off to a bit of a slower start, but during the course of the year he just kept getting better and better. When he reached the end of the season, he was competing at a pretty high level.”

Considering Reinhart’s overall package – his offensive upside, his size and strength, his defensive-zone awareness and, of course, his strong bloodlines – he figures to be among the best defensemen available in this year’s draft.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 42 16 14 -6 30
J. Faulk 47 9 19 -13 28
E. Lindholm 47 9 11 -11 20
J. Tlusty 40 12 7 -11 19
J. Skinner 42 10 9 -7 19
R. Nash 47 7 12 -4 19
N. Gerbe 43 5 13 -3 18
V. Rask 47 6 9 -10 15
A. Sekera 45 1 14 -6 15
C. Terry 34 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 6 8 2 .918 2.30
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45