Griffin Reinhart is trying to make an impression on the Oilers coaching staff and he might have made a really good one in Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He didn’t do it by being flashy. The 21-year-old defenceman did it by making the simple, smart plays that help a team be successful.
“Very poised. Not a lot of opportunity for us to go and talk to him about ‘what about this play?’ or ‘what about that play?’ He made the right play for a lot of the night,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He doesn’t seem to me… to be getting up there and trying to hit the home run all the time. He’s happy with singles and you win that way. I thought he was good. (The Jets) are a big, heavy, strong team and they’re bigger at home yet, the players that aren’t playing. Griffin handled it well.”
Reinhart doesn’t mind getting noticed by not being noticeable. He won’t stick out on the highlight reel, but when you turn to the game tape he played a very solid game.
“That’s a compliment to me,” said Reinhart. “I’m not going to come out here like a lot of those flashy guys and a lot of the skilled guys that we have. I contribute in other ways. I think I can play a good, solid game. (Eric) Gryba has helped me out a lot. It’d be nice playing with him or whoever I’m out there with. Just keeping it simple and trying not to play in our end.”
Reinhart says he is comfortable on the ice because of his defensive partner.
“I think part of that is playing with a veteran defenceman like Gryba,” said Reinhart. “He makes it easy for me with the communication out there. That’s the kind of game I like to play and hopefully I can just keep doing that every day and getting better as well.”