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Get to know a draft pick — Griffin Reinhart

Jun 19, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

Griffin Reinhart

All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Griffin Reinhart (D)

Height: 6’4 Weight: 207 Shoots: Left

Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

Country: Canada

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 10 among North American skaters

What kind of player is he?

Another draftee with strong hockey bloodlines — father Paul played with Vancouver and Calgary, older brother Max was drafted by the Flames in 2010 — Reinhart’s often described as a two-way blueliner praised for his balance of offensive and defensive attributes.

Case in point: Scouts like his puck-moving skills and he’s clearly got an offensive flair, having led all Oil Kings defensemen in goals last year (12). But Reinhart’s also lauded for his frame — at 6’4 and over 200 pounds, he’s got NHL-calibre size — defensive awareness, and high hockey IQ.

Of note, Reinhart had 21 interviews at the recent NHL scouting combine and received follow-ups from Edmonton, Dallas, Buffalo, Montreal and Columbus.

Quotable:

“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.

“Has been compared by some scouts to [Boston Bruins prospect] Dougie Hamilton. Has the size, skill and skating ability to be a top two NHL defenceman.” — Grant McCagg, TSN.

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Malcolm Subban

Ryan Murray

Pontus Aberg

  1. nvandy42 - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    He’d look good in a Wild uniform

  2. pantherpro - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    no one looks good in the nhl ugliest uniform

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      That’s true, he’d look terrible in the Panthers’ red and black.

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