Islanders Bring Youngster Reinhart Up For the Start of the Season

With the roster now officially set and season on the horizon, the Islanders still face many questions that will determine the fate of this season.  The defense and goalie situations have made all Islanders fans weary of what’s to come.

The preseason was not kind to the Islanders as they found a couple of their players to get a little banged up including putting their top acquisition of the offseason, Cal Clutterbuck, on the IR Saturday and losing veteran Kyle Okposo for short while during September with an eye injury.  Last night this trend continued as Travis Hamonic took a big check from the Senators’ Derek Grant and immediately left the ice to never return.  The Islanders have still yet to disclose the type of injury and severity, but todays roster unveiling spoke volumes to the fact that whatever Hamonic may be severe.  Without speculating about the extent of Hamonic’s troubles, when teams do not initially release information about injuries it usually is never good.(flickr/IslesPunkFan)

There were no huge surprises while first glancing at the Isles final 23 man roster, but having the 19 year old Griffin Reinhart start the year with the big club is a big shock.  Reinhart was the fourth overall pick of the Islanders in the 2012 draft and even though he has played well this preseason, the idea of him being 1 of the 8 defensemen selected to the main roster was never a sure bet.

Was this a panic move made by Capuano and the front office?  Or could it just be coincidental that one of their top d-men went down last night?  For the Islanders sake, let’s hope that it’s the latter.  But the questions surrounding Reinhart do not end there:  Who will he be paired with?  Will he get crucial minutes on the power play or penalty kill?  Is this only a 9 game tryout just to be sent back to the WHL?

Questions yielding no answers as of yet continues to be the theme of the New York Islanders defense and goalie situation for the beginning of the 2013-14 season. 

The state of the forwards is much more secure.  Everything on that front seems status quo, the only thing that may jump out to some is that the young center Brock Nelson made the squad, but this comes as much less of a surprise compared to Reinhart.  Nelson made his NHL debut during the Islanders first round match up against the Penguins and has been impressing the Islanders brass ever since.

The most notable cut was that of long time veteran Islander defenseman Radek Martinek, who was on a veteran tryout deal.  The final roster for opening day is: Josh Bailey, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck(IR), Matt Donovan , Michael Grabner, Travis Hamonic, Thomas Hickey, Andrew MacDonald, Matt Martin, Colin McDonald, Matt Moulson, Evgeni Nabokov, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Kevin Poulin, Peter Regin, Griffin Reinhart, Brian Strait, John Tavares, Lubomir Visnovsky
 

-Chad DeCarlo

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2 Comments

TheFinisher's picture

I've been preaching BIG GRIF all year. This is exciting news. Hope Hammy has a speedy recovery though.

jdf14's picture

So the good part is Grif gets a chance to be an important part of the Islanders. If he does well don't you think that he will have a spot even when Hamonic returns? He has an opportunity, if he's lucky he will have a spot-at 19yrs he is the future of the Islanders.