Reinhart Loaned to Bridgeport

A little bit of old news here, but yesterday the Islanders announced that they had loaned rookie defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The move came to make room on the roster for defenseman Calvin de Haan who was activated from the IR. Although Reinhart is one of the Isles' prized blueline prospects, the time in the AHL should bode well for the North Vancouver, BC native as he grows more acclimated to the professional game. 

In 3 games with the Islanders to start the season, Reinhart didn't out of place but he did look like a rookie trying to get his feet wet. Playing on the third pairing with Brian Strait, Reinhart was -1 with 2 PIM and only one shot on goal. He was far from a liability on the ice but there was nothing about the first 3 games that would make the Islanders keep him in the NHL while only getting bottom pairing minutes.

Reinhart will be in good hands with Head Coach Brent Thompson aiding in his development, while also getting to log big minutes with defensive prospects such as Ryan Pulock and Andrey Pedan at his side.

There is no rush in getting Reinhart into the NHL full time which is a luxury the Islanders aren't used to having. There is every reason to believe that he will be back in Uniondale sooner rather than later, but for now a stint in the AHL is a good thing for the former 4th overall pick.

 

Bryan Curran
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