It is being reported that the Vegas Golden Knights have chosen Griffin Reinhart as its expansion choice from the Edmonton Oilers. He played in one NHL game (playoffs) this season and performed well. Reinhart had a difficult year, starting with a poor training camp that led to his demotion and the signing of Kris Russell. He went 54gp, 7-14-21 in the AHL and from reports flourished in an increased role. He was the obvious choice for selection.
- 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.
That’s a good player, if he can skate with NHL forwards, play a more aggressive style and arrive at training camp in mid-season form. Sail on, Oil King. I’ll have the new 50-man list up as part of tomorrow morning’s post and we can discuss trade options (window opens at 6am our time tomorrow morning) at that time. 5PM post is about McDavid unless something else breaks.