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Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Griffin Reinhart and Alex Galchenyuk

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

draft profiles
Griffin Reinhart
Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL
Position: D Shoots: Left
Height: 6'4" Born: 24-Jan-94
Weight: 207 Hometown: West Vancouver, BC
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
Edmonton 58 12 24 36 38
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Alex Galchenyuk
Sarnia Sting, OHL
Position: C/LW Shoots: Left
Height: 6'1" Born: 12-Feb-94
Weight: 198 Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
Sarnia 2 0 0 0 0
Sarnia (10-11) 68 31 52 83 52
Griffin Reinhart helped the Edmonton Oil Kings win the Western Hockey League championship last season, ranking third on the squad with 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 58 games. At 6’4”, 207-pounds, Reinhart has some natural physical ability, but many scouts think he needs to use his size more to his advantage. The Vancouver, BC native shows good vision on the ice, makes a good first pass and despite his size, is a very smooth skater. That, paired with his strong hockey IQ, makes Reinhart a likely top-10 draft pick.
Sarnia Sting forward Alex Galchenyuk is a bit of a wild card coming into the 2012 NHL Draft. Despite suffering a knee injury before the start of last season which caused him to miss all but two games, the Milwaukee, WI native has enough talent to warrant top-5 consideration. The Sting selected Galchenyuk first overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection Draft and in 2010-11, his only full season of junior competition, Galchenyuk tallied 31 goals and 52 assists in 68 games. The son of a former hockey player, Galchenyuk spent parts of his childhood in the U.S., Russia, Germany and Italy, and many of his strengths come from his unique experience competing in both North America and Europe.
Brenden Kichton, Islanders prospect
Reinhart is a big body who sees the ice well. He’s a good passer, has good offensive instincts and is pretty good in his own zone – almost the complete package.

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Griffin Reinhart is a calculated, efficient, smooth-skating defender. He has good size and reach with his long stick.

Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011
I have a lot of buddies who played in Sarnia, and a lot of people think that Galchenyuk could be better than (Nail) Yakupov. He’s real shifty and creative, and some people say a little bit more of a playmaker, but I think he’s also a scorer and maybe more of a finesse guy.

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development

Alex Galchenyuk is a big, skilled offensive player. He missed a huge portion of the year due to an injury and certainly didn’t disappoint on his return.
Click here for Islanders 2012 Draft Central's breakdown of the top-50 players available in this year's draft.
Griffin Reinhart (left) of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Alex Galchenyuk (right) of the Sarnia Sting are the #8 and #7 ranked draft prospects.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
Round 1 - 4th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 3 -
65th overall
Round 4 -
103rd overall (from BUF)
Round 5 -
125th overall
Round 6 -
155th overall
Round 7 - 185th overall

Islanders last five first-round picks
2011: Ryan Strome (5th overall)
2010: Nino Niederreiter (5th overall)
2009: John Tavares (1st overall)
2008: Josh Bailey (9th overall)
2006: Kyle Okposo (7th overall)

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