Oilers defenceman Griffin Reinhart didn’t register a point against the Vancouver Canucks, but his defensive performance stood out. For those who just look at the stat sheet and see the zero by Reinhart’s name in the goal and assist columns, they don’t get the whole story.
“There were six (possible) points handed out, two goals and four assists,” Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said after the 2-0 win. “Some guys play on teams and aren’t counted on for offence. Other guys play and move pucks and break up plays and that’s Griffin’s forte. Even in his best years in junior he wasn’t leading the league in scoring as a defenceman. It takes all types to have success. We’re still trying to find more pieces to the puzzle, we’re trying to develop the pieces we have here, trying to get more out of them so that we can grow and have more success. We’re not where we need to be. But Griffin, from the time we sent him down last time to this time, there has been some grown and it’s showing. That’s a good thing.”
Reinhart isn’t worried about offensive numbers when he can play a solid defensive game.
“There’s kind of a double standard in some ways, but I thought I defended well and I look at a good game in how I break up plays and execute breakout passes and get the puck out of our zone. All the stuff on top of that on the stat sheet is just a plus,” he said.
Reinhart played 23:37, finished +2 and registered eight blocked shots in the Friday night win over Vancouver.