With the 4th pick, New York Islanders take Griffin Reinhart


The Islanders selected Griffin Reinhart with the fourth overall pick in Friday's NHL Draft.

Reinhart is a capable defenseman with poise and composure while protecting the backend.

His strongest attribute is his positional play in the defensive zone, which makes it difficult for attacking forwards to gain an advantage on him. Capable of pushing opponents to the outside and punishing them with hits, Reinhart utilizes strong skating skills to shutdown attacks.

While the offensive component of his game is not fully developed at this time, Reinhart has continued to grow in that area and has proven that his ability to outlet teammates on the rush has been beneficial in establishing offensive zone attacks.

Standing at six-foot-four, 207 pounds, the British Columbia native has spent the last three seasons as a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.

Over that time the 18-year old has registered 18 goals, 43 assists and 61 points in 105 regular season games with Edmonton.

Reinhart’s father Paul was also a first-round selection in the NHL as he was selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 1979 draft by the Atlanta Flames. Paul played 11 seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta and Calgary Flames as well as the Vancouver Canucks.