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No. 4 pick Reinhart agrees to terms with Islanders

Thursday, 08.02.2012 / 6:19 PM / News


Defenseman Griffin Reinhart, the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Thursday.

Reinhart (6-foot-4, 207 pounds) played last season in the Western Hockey League, leading the Edmonton Oil Kings' defensemen with 12 goals in 58 games.

In 2010-11, Reinhart scored 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 45 games as a rookie with Edmonton.

The 18-year-old attended the Islanders' development camp in June.

"It's definitely a different experience, with the guys being a lot older and a lot bigger," he said then. "You go through the same kind of things in your first bantam camp; you have to meet a whole bunch of new guys. The concept is the same -- building relationships with different guys."

His father Paul Reinhart played 11 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman, nine with the Atlanta/Calgary Flames.

"He's been really big for me," Griffin Reinhart said. "Obviously he's gone through it all, and with the teaching aspect, he's been able to help with a lot of my game -- help me with my weaknesses but give me some praise as well."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round