Skip to content

Isles first-rounder Reinhart says lack of playing time ‘a little frustrating’ (Update: He’s been sent back to junior)

Oct 9, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

GriffinReinhart Getty Images

Griffin Reinhart, New York’s big-bodied defenseman taken No. 4 overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been a healthy scratch in each of the Islanders’ first three games this season.

On Tuesday, he admitted the situation had started to wear on him a bit.

“It’s a little frustrating not playing, but I’ve been in junior several years now, and I don’t think there’s too much more for me to be learned down there,” Reinhart told the New York Post. “So I think just practicing here — even if I was just practicing here all year, and playing a few games — I’d learn more from these guys than going back to junior.”

Reinhart, 19, has only two playing options for this season (because of the CHL-AHL age limit rule): head back to WHL Edmonton, or stick it out with the Isles.

The latter seems to be the preferred scenario for all parties involved. Both the Isles and Griffin see the benefit of him being at the NHL level, though it is tough for the club to throw him in the mix, especially after Tuesday night’s 6-1 thrashing of Phoenix in which the six-man unit of Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky, Thomas Hickey, Brian Strait, Matt Donovan and Andrew MacDonald finished a combined plus-6 with Donovan scoring his first goal of the year.

Still, the Isles will probably be more cognizant of making sure the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Reinhart doesn’t end up like the aforementioned Niederreiter.

After being placed in the Isles lineup at 19 years of age — too soon, some contended — Niederreiter was dispatched back to the AHL for one-and-a-half years of further seasoning. He became frustrated with his situation and rumblings of trade talks swirled before he was eventually dealt to Minnesota at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m. ET

Well, this is interesting — in an odd twist, the Isles have decided to send Reinhart back to WHL Edmonton, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple. More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE 12:19 p.m. ET

Isles head coach Jack Capuano on the demotion:

“We sent Griffin down since if he’s not getting in the lineup and getting those minutes he should go back to juniors and get that experience.”

Latest Posts
  1. Volchenkov unlikely to return to Nashville

    May 30, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Coyotes v Nashville Predators Getty Images

    He will be an unrestricted free agent in July.

  2. Leiweke sticking around as MLSE boss

    May 30, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT

    Tim Leiweke AP

    The search for his replacement continues.

  3. Ducks juggle lines ahead of Game 7

    May 30, 2015, 1:45 PM EDT

    Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    Fleischmann draws in for Etem.

  4. After prepping for three years, Franson excited to test free agency

    May 30, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

    Cody Franson Getty Images

    For the first time in his career the 27-year-old is about to hit the open market.

  5. Report: Devils won’t sign Anthony Brodeur

    May 30, 2015, 11:45 AM EDT

    Anthony Brodeur Anthony Brodeur

    He’ll be eligible to re-enter next month’s NHL Draft.

  6. Video: ‘We’re right there,’ says Lundqvist

    May 30, 2015, 1:08 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    Hard to blame the goalie in this one.

  7. Lightning ‘answer the challenge’ in Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

    May 30, 2015, 12:17 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    “I don’t know if we’re so young and dumb and don’t know any better…”

  8. Vigneault: McDonagh was playing with a broken foot

    May 29, 2015, 11:31 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Might explain what occurred in the first period.

  9. Bolts strike Stanley Cup Final berth thanks to Game 7 win over Rangers

    May 29, 2015, 10:55 PM EDT

    150530_LightningWinGame7 Getty Images

    Tampa Bay awaits the winner of the Blackhawks-Ducks series.

  10. Paquette enters back into Lightning lineup for Game 7

    May 29, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Rangers also make one change to the lineup.

  11. WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Rangers, Eastern Conference Final Game 7

    May 29, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    The winner, as you know, goes to the Stanley Cup Final.

  12. Coyotes reinstate color analyst Boynton after guilty plea in casino incident

    May 29, 2015, 6:39 PM EDT

    boynton Getty Images

    “I’ve met with Nick several times and he knows he made a terrible mistake.”

  13. Boudreau mulls line changes ahead of Game 7

    May 29, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    Bruce Boudreau AP

    And it looks like Tomas Fleischmann might replace Emerson Etem, again.

Featured video

Which teams have the Game 7 edge?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. N. Horton (1311)
  2. A. Vermette (1268)
  3. R. Nash (1230)
  4. P. Kane (1193)
  5. D. Bylsma (1149)