This scouting profile is on Edmonton Oil King Defenseman Griffin Reinhart. Griffin Reinhart is an imposing two way defenseman with a decent offensive upside. He is the son of former Calgary Flames defenseman Paul Reinhart. He was a key part of the team that helped the Oil Kings to the Memorial Cup Tournament.
Defense/ Edmonton Oil Kings/ WHL
January 24 1994
Hometown: West Vancouver, British Columbia
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Final CSS North American Rank: 10th
Future Considerations: 7th
Hockey Prospect: 6th
The Hockey Guys: 11th
Craig's List: 6th
What do they say about him?
Reinhart continues to be a prospect that you wish just could be physical more often, and while that aspect of his game can be frustrating, he still has a number of tools which make him a high-end prospect. Reinhart has a very heavy point shot and makes good first passes while being equally effective in the offensive and defensive ends. Has a good feel for when to jump into the rush. Reinhart at times seems disinterested in the game and could benefit from showing more competitiveness and emotion in his game. He's got all the tools to be a high-end NHL defenseman, but he needs to use them more consistently.
Reinhart comes from good bloodlines as he is the son of former Calgary Flames Defenceman Paul Reinhart. Reinhart is already 6'4 and over 200 lbs, he is huge, and is a physically intimidating presence in the defensive zone. He's a heavy, hitter and is physically punishing to opposition forwards. Reinhart is a true shut down defenceman, with excellent positioning in the his own zone, and his big frame and long stick allow him to block shots and cut down passing lanes. He also uses his great size and strength to keep the Oil Kings' crease clear, and is very effective in doing so.
Reinhart is a coach's ideal of a two-way defender - he's big (6-foot-4 and 200 pounds), surprisingly mobile for his size and positionally-strong. He's also blessed with a good eye, something that has come in handy while quarterbacking the Oil Kings power-play (5 of his 12 goals this season have been scored with the extra man).That said, Reinhart is not one to steal the puck and go end-to-end on a rush. He's not Paul Coffey. He's also not prone to going for big crushing hits and taking himself out of position. He's not Dion Phaneuf. But he's a strong two-way defender and can help anchor a team's back-end.
But this season the spotlight is squarely on Griffin, whose game is so strong that he'd be a highly touted prospect regardless of his last name.The first thing that jumps out about the Edmonton Oil King is his considerable size. At 6-foot-4, 202 pounds, Reinhart has one of the largest frames of the 2012 draft class. Size is one thing, but Reinhart's ability to remain mobile despite his imposing frame is what sets him apart. "I've become a much better skater this year," Reinhart explains. "I've grown into my body more and become a lot more comfortable. I think that's helped me a lot with my mobility, it's gotten a lot smoother." ... Reinhart's game isn't overly flashy, but he's solid in his own end and also boasts other key traits including a hard shot and very good hockey sense.
May 2012 - Reinhart was rock for the Oil Kings on their way to capturing the WHL crown. He had eight points in 20 games and was a plus-14. Unfortunately he didn't fare as well in the Memorial Cup where he was a minus-five in only four games. Reinhart's solid season should see him drafted in the early-mid first round. Zenon Herasymiuk
February, 2012 - Griffin Reinhart is a towering rearguard who is mature beyond his years. The Edmonton Oil King is blessed with NHL size and a blistering shot. Though he is not afraid to mix it up he has yet to discover how to use his large frame to his advantage in both the offensive and defensive zones.
Griffin Reinhart appears to be this drafts Jamieson Oleksiak, a giant of a defenseman who is focused on the shutdown role rather than putting a tonne of points on the board. While Oleksiak might be the better skater but Reinhart is developing a physical mean streak that has made him a likely top 10 pick in this years draft. Reinhart is a big physical defenseman who excels in his own end and models his game after defensive greats such as Chris Pronger and Shea Weber.
Griffin Reinhart is a two way defender who also couples his excellent defensive work with his also excellent offensive vision. His pass out of the defensive zone and passes within the offensive zone help open up gaps that either he or his team mates can exploit. This talent makes it almost certain that when at the NHL level he will be quarterbacking the powerplay.
It's highly unlikely that Griffin Reinhart will be available by the time the Dallas Stars have an opportunity to draft in the first round. If he were still available I believe the Stars might pass on him anyway. The Stars have some excellent potential shutdown defensemen in Jamieson Oleksiak and Patrik Nemeth which makes it far more unlikely they would draft him. However it wouldn't hurt the Stars to select Reinhart as the best player available when they pick.