The name Oiler fans hear most often from the organization in regard to the #1 overall pick (beyond Nail and Murray) is Griffin Reinhart. Why? I think it has a lot to do with his specific skill set. Edmonton is looking for a Griffin Reinhart type, if not the real thing.
- Corey Pronman, Hockey Prospectus: What separates him from other big defensemen is that he has the puck skills to make people miss, execute all the little plays in tight quarters, and to deliver crisp, accurate passes consistently. Reinhart also has a more aggressive offensive element to his game as he will join the rush and doesn’t shy from being creative in the offensive end of the rink. He also has a pretty big shot from the point that he can put a lot of his big frame into. The thing that has seen Reinhart establish himself so well in the industry has been his improvements.
- Grant McCagg, tsn: Strengths: Very few 6-4 blueliners can skate and handle the puck like Reinhart, and those attributes alone will intrigue lots of scouts. Has a hard point shot that often finds its mark, good passing skills. Weaknesses: Does not always play with an abundance of passion and drive. Could be more assertive physically, and more consistent in his effort.
- BJ MacDonald, central scouting: “He’s got nice, soft hands for a big defenseman, can run the power play and has a big shot — both the wrist shot and slapper. He moves the puck as well as anyone in this year’s draft and I like the way he thinks the game. He’s got a nice pro style that will make for an easier transition to the (NHL).”
Reinhart has his father’s toughness, an example being this tweet from earlier today:
DESJARDINS NHLE (per 82gp)
- Ryan Murphy 10-21-31
- Cam Fowler 4-21-25
- Morgan Rielly 4-21-25
- Dougie Hamilton 4-17-21
- Brandon Gormley 4-14-18
- Ryan Murray 5-12-17
- Nathan Beaulieu 4-12-16
- Griffin Reinhart 5-10-15
- Erik Gudbranson 1-13-14
- Strong defender with an aggressive nature and displayed that physical element the Oilers are apparently looking to add to their current stable of blue.
- Reinhart is a good puck mover, and a solid junior player at evens. I don’t think he’ll ever be a PP option in the NHL but is regarded as a strong PK player.
- He can play defense.
- Reinhart is not the type of player who ordinarily covers the bet for a lottery selection. A player like Luke Schenn had many of the same tools as Reinhart, and several years later a re-draft would no doubt send Schenn down the list.
- He is not a complete defenseman, as his offensive potential is limited.
- That shoulder injury–and his playing through it–remind us of his position and the injuries that are so commonplace for defensemen.
- I think the Oilers love him to bits. If you hear “Carolina trades the 8th overall pick to Edmonton” I’d bet a pile of money it will be for this guy.
- During the Memorial Cup there was some chatter that he might come right away and be a plug and play defender, but that’s a terrible idea. He’ll need to develop in junior and then push for a job once he turns pro.
GRIFFIN REINHART WILL BE ONE OF THE NHL’S TOP 10 SELECTIONS IN THE 2012 ENTRY DRAFT
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