Griffin Reinhart was sent to Bakersfield today, a predictable outcome based on his own performance. Peter Chiarelli traded for him in 2015, and part of the reason for it was immediate return—as in an NHL regular toot sweet. We are here. On draft weekend, I wrote the following:
- I have said, and believe, it was an overpay. If Reinhart ends up being Colten Teubert, please hold it against Peter Chiarelli and Bob Green. If he turns out to be splendid, give them credit. In the meantime, let’s not beat each other up too badly, okay? Thanks. Source
The Oilers appear to have lost this trade in two ways:
- First, the 2015-16 season saw Reinhart play only 29 games, and he did not emerge as a bona fide NHL defender. That was part of the reason for the deal, hurrying up the development time and getting an NHL-ready piece.
- Second, the Islanders draft picks are pushing for NHL time (Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier) and appear to be on their way to solid NHL careers (note: five years, folks).
I think Peter Chiarelli overpaid, said it at the time and say it now. Reinhart failing to have an NHL career would be a bitter pill, but it does give PC a chance to re-think the evaluation team. If your advisors are giving you tips that look this bad one year on, are you sure listening to them is a good idea?
Not every trade works out, but that draft was a very deep one and this was rated as a poor one the day it was made. General managers have a responsibility to their owners and fans—this was a trade we called on day one and it has actually turned out worse (so far) than expected. The Oilers management should take heat for this deal, and that is not the same as disliking Griffin Reinhart. I’ll cheer like hell for him, but he missed a giant opportunity with this organization during 2016 training camp. It would have been a helluva lot easier to keep him here, but this decision wasn’t a difficult one.
THE CERTAIN OILERS
- This is the original certain list, and I do think all of the names here remain solid bets for the NHL roster this season. Roles may have changed—Leon could be on RW—but this is the heart of the order.
THE UNCERTAIN OILERS
- The injured guys really cloud the roster as we enter the weekend. If all four men hit the IR (or three and Versteeg remains unsigned), then we are looking at the names on the certain list plus Slepyshev, Pitlick, Lander, Yakupov and Puljujarvi (making 14). I doubt it goes just this way.
- Reinhart being sent out is predictable, he had (by my count) one good game and then last night he posted good possession numbers but did not play well.
- We are at 8 defensemen now, Edmonton could run with them opening night. I would bet on signing Kris Russell or making a trade.
Get the sense after Reinhart didn't grab it and the indifferent play of one of the vets that the Oilers still exploring options to upgrade D
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2016
- Parsing Bob: The Oilers could deal Yak tonight (for a pick or a prospect) and sign Kris Russell tomorrow.
- Parsing Bob: This might put Eric Gryba and or Matt Benning in a lesser position as it pertains to opening night roster.
- Parsing Bob: Mark Fayne is in more hell than a little bit.
- Parsing Bob: Stay near the cyber.