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Griffin Reinhart: Three Fun Facts

The Golden Knights defenseman was drafted No. 4 overall by the New York Islanders in 2012

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Defenseman Griffin Reinhart is signed to a two-year contract with an AAV of $800,000.

Reinhart, a 6-foot-4, 216-pound defenseman, was originally acquired as Vegas' pick from the Edmonton Oilers at the Expansion Draft on June 21.

Here are three fun facts to get to know Reinhart better.

1. Came into the NHL with great promise

Selected No. 4 overall by the New York Islanders in the 2012 NHL Draft, Reinhart was expected to be a star at the NHL level.

During his time in New York and with the Edmonton Oilers, however, Reinhart has yet to live up to his pre-draft billing from five years ago.

But bearing in mind that defensemen usually take longer than forward to mature and Reinhart is still only 23-years-old, he comes to the Golden Knights as a low risk, high reward option on the blue line.


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2. Comes from a hockey family

Which to many, often suggests that a player will have a higher hockey IQ, based on being around the game at a high level from a young age.

Reinhart's father, Paul, played over a decade in the NHL (mostly in the 1980s) for the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.

His brother, Sam, was drafted No. 2 overall in 2014 and plays for the Buffalo Sabres, while another brother, Max, plays in the Ottawa Senators' farm system.


3. Plays a defense-first style

With the exception of his draft year when he played juniors, Reinhart has never eclipsed 30 points in a season playing in a recognized level of major hockey.

Where his game lies is in playing defense first, and using his size to hammer opponents.

By hockey terms, Reinhart is an old-school defenseman.

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