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Draft Profile: Griffin Reinhart

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 12:00 PM ET / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
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11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62