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BLOG: Griffin Reinhart claimed by Vegas Golden Knights

The defenceman played 29 regular season NHL games with the Oilers and one playoff game

by Paul Gazzola /

The Vegas Golden Knights have claimed Oilers defenceman Griffin Reinhart in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

"It was a tough process because you knew you were going to lose a good player," said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. "Griffin made a big step this year and is ready to play. But we are deep in organizational depth and look forward to the young players challenging to find their way into our defensive line up."

Reinhart joined the Oilers organization via trade at the 2015 NHL Draft and went on to spend most of his time with the franchise as a member of the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.

Reinhart played 84 career games with the Condors, registering nine goals and 31 points. 

With the Oilers, the 23-year-old dressed in 29 regular season games - all in the 2015-16 season - and one playoff game in 2016-17. 

Reinhart was also a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings from 2009 to 2014. The rearguard won the Ed Chynoweth Cup in 2011-12 and then once again in 2013-14. He also went on to capture a Memorial Cup with them in 2013-14.

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