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Islanders' Reinhart out to prove he is NHL-ready

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New York Islanders defenseman Griffin Reinhart best summed up the team's first day of rookie camp.

"Hockey season is back … finally," he told the team's website.

Reinhart, the fourth pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will start his professional career this season. Whether that's in the NHL or the American Hockey League will be determined during training camp. The 20-year-old 6-foot-4, 217-pound son of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart is No. 20 on's Top 60 prospect ranking.

"I want to show them I can play here," he said. "Not just fit in but make an impact. I want to show them I can play at the pro level in the NHL first and [I’m going to] work really hard in practices to show them that I want to be here. I plan on doing the drills right, not taking any shortcuts and just doing things the right way."

For more from Reinhart as well as fellow first-round picks Ryan Strome and Ryan Pulock, click here.

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