EDMONTON, AB- The Edmonton Oil Kings made a big splash as hosts of the 2009 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Oil Kings general manager Bob Green made a draft day trade moving veteran forward Shayne Neigum, their first round pick (ninth overall) as well as their third round pick (48th overall) to the Chilliwack Bruins for the third overall pick.
The Oil Kings selected West Vancouver defenceman Griffin Reinhart, who played as an underage with the Hollyburn Midget A1 Huskies.
Reinhart is the son for former NHL’er Paul Reinhart who enjoyed an 11-year career with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.
“He’s got great blood lines,” added Green.
“It’s tough to find good defenceman now- a-days. We think we’ve got some good defenceman and adding Griffin to the mix is going to make a pretty solid unit.”
Reinhart’s statistics were unavailable, but the 14-year-old logged a lot of minutes with the Huskies, who won a Midget Tier 1 Provincial title. He was later called up to the West Vancouver Giants Midget AAA team where he played during their Provincial Championship run, where they eventually lost to the Calgary Buffalos for the right to go to the Telus Cup.
Already 6’3” and 190 pounds, Reinhart is projected to be a strong physical shutdown defenceman.
“He’s a big strong physical kid, who can really shoot the puck from the point,” said Green.
“He sees the ice really well and he sees the puck well in transition. He’ll be tough to deal with one-on-one.”
With the Oil Kings moving up to the third overall pick to select Reinhart, they’ve now had three straight top five picks in the WHL bantam draft.
This draft day deal had been in the works for the past couple days.
“We wanted to move up and try to get into the lottery somewhere,” explained Green.
“It’s our third year into this and we were happy to make the playoffs, but it took us out of the lottery so we wanted to get back in and try and improve our pick.
“He’s the guy we really wanted, but we realized that moving up to third, there was no guarantee. Our goal really was to get up in the lottery somewhere and give us an opportunity to get a better player.
“There were about five guys that we felt separated themselves from the rest, and he was definitely one of them.”
In acquiring Reinhart, the Oil Kings had to move a veteran forward in Neigum. The 19-year-old from Kindersley played the last two seasons with Edmonton. In 127 games, he scored 13 goals and 15 assists and 128 penalty minutes.
Also included in the trade was a flip of draft picks in the Canadian Hockey League European Draft. The Oil Kings gave Chilliwack their first round pick in the 2009 European draft, while the Bruins gave Edmonton their first round pick in the 2010 European draft.
“It’s tough to give up Shayne. He’s a heart and soul kind of guy and tough kid,” remarked Green.
“In order to get something good you’ve got to give up something. Shayne is going to play a huge role in Chilliwack and they look forward to having him there, and we wish him all the best.”
OIl Kings focus on forwards with next four picks
Oil Kings Focus On Forwards With Next Four Picks
EDMONTON, AB- After taking defenceman Griffin Reinhart with their first round pick (third overall) in the 2009 Western Hockey League bantam draft. the Edmonton Oil Kings focused up front with their three of their next four picks being forwards.
Second Round, 30th overall Mitchell Moroz, 5’11”, 165 pounds, left wing, Calgary, AB