OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has signed forward Cole Reinhardt to a three-year, entry-level contract which will commence with the 2021-22 season.
Reinhardt, 21, is in the midst of his first professional season, while playing on an amateur tryout contract, with the American Hockey League's Belleville Senators where he ranks fourth among rookies and is tied for seventh among B-Sens in scoring with seven points (three goals, four assists) and has skated in all but one of the team's 22 games to date this season.
"We've been exceedingly happy with Cole's play this season," said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "For someone who was just recently drafted, he's already showcased a great combination of strength and speed in addition to excellent hockey sense, which is likely his best attribute."
A Calgary native, Reinhardt completed his fourth and final campaign of major junior hockey with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings last season and tallied 55 points (31 goals, 24 assists) over 56 regular-season contests. Establishing new major junior career highs in goals, assists and points, he concluded the season having registered 141 points (75 goals, 66 assists) and 151 penalty minutes over 252 regular-season games with Brandon.
Selected by the Senators with the team's second sixth-round pick (181st overall), Reinhardt was one of two Wheat Kings the team selected at the 2020 NHL Draft after having also chosen Ridly Greig in the first round (28th overall).
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