Two Reinharts have new homes next season in the NHL. How will they fare in their new homes?
Paul Reinhart was a steady defenseman who was employed by only two teams during his 11 seasons in the NHL. Two of his three hockey-playing sons already have reached that total in their brief careers.
Both Max and Griffin Reinhart were on the move this past week. Griffin was the first to change teams, as he was traded by the New York Islanders to the Edmonton Oilers on June 26 for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in last weekend’s entry draft.
The fourth overall pick in 2012, Griffin made his NHL debut this past season, registering one assist in eight games with the Islanders. The 21-year-old defenseman also appeared in Game 5 of New York’s first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, finishing with one shot on goal and a minus-2 rating while seeing 12:42 of ice time in a 5-1 loss.
“I’ve always liked him as a player. I’m happy to get him,” Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Edmonton Sun. “We had some guys at (pick no.) 16 that we liked, but this is something we decided to act on. He’s a young defenseman and he’s still finding his way, but he’s big and strong, and he’s very, very smart and can play a lot of minutes.
“He’s ready to play and he’s going to be a very big part of our D.”
This will not be Griffin’s first time in the city of Edmonton. He spent four-plus seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Oil Kings, helping the club capture the WHL and Memorial Cup titles in 2012.
“I played there for four years, so I know a lot of people in the organization,” Griffin told the Sun. “It’s a rebuild stage and I’m excited to get the opportunity, but there are still a lot of defensemen in the organization, a lot of defensemen who are trying to make the team as much as I am. If there’s a spot up for grabs, I have to make sure I capitalize on it.”
Five days after Griffin was traded, brother Max found a new home. The Calgary Flames dealt the rights to the 23-year-old center to the Nashville Predators for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016.
Selected in the third round of the 2010 draft, Max appeared in 23 games for the Flames over the last three seasons, registering a goal and four assists. Paul Reinhart’s oldest son failed to record a point in four contests with Calgary in 2014-15.
Max also has had success in juniors, winning the WHL championship in 2011 with the Kootenay Ice. During that postseason, he became the fourth player in league history to score five goals in one game as he accomplished the feat against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Predators signed Max to a one-year, two-way contract the day after acquiring him. He will receive $575,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the American Hockey League level.
As for the youngest member of the Reinhart clan, Sam won’t be changing addresses anytime soon. The 19-year-old was drafted second overall in 2014 by Buffalo and figures to be an important piece during the Sabres’ rebuild.
Sam was a teammate of Max on Kootenay’s 2011 championship team and won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top rookie the following season before being named the league’s Most Valuable Player for 2012-13. He suited up in nine games for the Sabres this past season, notching one assist.