Day 3: Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings, Defence. 10th NA
There are a few similarities between Griffin Reinhart and his father, Paul, an NHL defenceman who skated for 11 seasons in Atlanta, Calgary and Vancouver.
Both are defencemen. Paul was a linchpin rearguard who was often moved up to forward to make use of his offensive gifts.
Though not as accomplished as his dad on the offensive end, Griffin scored a dozen goals and added 24 assists in the regular season for the Oil Kings.
Reinhart said his dad, now a successful Vancouver based financier, passed along the NHL dream but then left he and his brothers alone to determine their own futures.”
There is no questioning bloodlines. His father’s old team, the Calgary Flames, drafted Griffin’s brother Maxwell. Griffin’s brother Sam is a forward with the Kootenay Ice in the Western League.
“My dad never pressured us to keep on playing. It’s a big dream for all of us. We’re looking to pursue the dream right now,” he said.
At six-foot-four, Reinhart is five inches taller than his dad. While he can chip in offensively, the most developed element of his game is in the ability to shut down the opposition. At 202 pounds, the lefthanded shooting defenceman packs plenty of size but he has limited his penalty minutes to 74 over two seasons.
“Shea Weber and Chris Pronger are two defencemen I really like,” he said. “I don’t model my game specifically after them. I try to take the key elements and develop them.”