The Edmonton Oil Kings haven’t played in front of too many packed houses but this season things should be different. It’s a very good team (that needs goaltending) and the star power is impressive. Griffin Reinhart is going to be special.
He’s 6.04, 202, has a January birthday and comes from West Van. Shoots left (I know) and has all the tools.
- The Scouting Report: Reinhart has to be considered more of a project than Murray, as he is a raw talent – but the big defenseman certainly has all of the necessary tools at his disposal. With NHL size, Reinhart would benefit most in his expanded role with the Oil Kings this year by using that size to his advantage, and showing that he is capable of being a physical presence. Reinhart is a good skater for a player of his stature, he is also an above average puck mover from the backend, and has a strong shot from the blueline.
- He can fight too.
- dobber hockey: Meet the potential Shea Weber-clone. Griffin has a full tool box of skills that scouts are looking for in today’s NHL defensemen – he has the size (6’4”, 210 lbs), is a good skater, his shot is cannon-like, and he plays the game with a whole lot of nastiness. Griffin is the son of former NHLer Paul Reinhart who had a successful 11-year career with Atlanta, Calgary and Vancouver and it is looking as though some of his skills are rubbing off on his children (Max, 19, and Sam, 16, are also excellent hockey players). Griffin needs to improve on some of the defensive aspects of his game including positioning and gap control but his total package of size and skill is impossible to teach. The West Vancouver native is one of the many WHL defensemen to keep an eye out as it looks that he will become a top 10 draft pick.
With the Oilers unlikely to add a defenseman to the current group (or more importantly a goaltender) I think it’s reasonable to start looking at some of the top players in the 2012 entry draft. Griffin Reinhart may end up paired with Martin Gernat with the Oil Kings this winter and it could be shapes of things to come for the Oilers.
Adding Reinhart to the group that includes Petry, Marincin, Klefbom, Teubert, Blain, Davidson, Gernat and Simpson would look very good. The Oilers blue prospects are well behind the forwards, but adding Reinhart at the 2012 draft makes a lot of sense.