10. RD Griffin Reinhart – Edmonton (WHL)
DOB: Jan. 24/94 | Shoots: R | Height: 6.04 | Weight: 207lbs TSR Midterm Rank: 15
Reinhart is an intriguing defenseman who finished his season on a high note, checking in at #10 on TSR’s final rankings. Reinhart’s game is heavily influenced by his size and strength as his long wingspan and agility makes him a difficult player to beat in one-on-one situations. Reinhart’s anticipation and hockey sense is top notch as the 18-year-old displays good decision making and jumps into the play at good opportunities.
Reinhart is a very capable offensive player and had an impressive 12 goals and 36 points in 58 games this season. His shot is definitely an asset and something that projects well to the NHL level as he should be capable of at least developing into a consistent 30+ point producer from the back end with the potential for more. One of the most enticing aspects of his offensive game is that Reinhart generally is able to jump into the rush without sacrificing too much defensively. Combined with his size and skating ability, Reinhart’s versatility and ability to play a number of roles will go a long way with NHL teams on draft day.
There were some ebs and flows to Reinhart’s season and some of the concerns were centered around Reinhart’s ability to log big minutes throughout the season. He started the season out slower than most would have liked and appeared to fade late in games as his ice time continued to increase. After the Christmas break, Reinhart displayed more consistency but it will be interesting to see how he reacts next season as he looks to be the #1 defenseman in Edmonton with the departure of Mark Pysyk.
Overall, Reinhart is one of the more intriguing players in this draft, but he’s certainly far from polished. His size, skating ability, and raw physical tools are all things to like, but his consistency and lack of physical dominance are warts that are difficult to overlook at times. Despite the concerns, Reinhart has more than justified his spot in the Top 10 of the draft. His high-end upside projects as a very solid top pairing defenseman, but it will be interesting to see if he’s able to overcome some of his areas of weakness as he develops.
Pros: Size & Strength, Accurate shot, All around game.
Cons: Compete Level, Willingness to engage physically, Consistency
Skillset Comparison: Jason Garrison