2008-09: Griffin Reinhart played for the Hollyburn Huskies Midget T1 squad. He was chosen in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the Edmonton Oil Kings. Reinhart is the son of former NHL defenseman, Paul Reinhart, and the brother of Calgary Flames draftee, Max Reinhart.
2009-10: Reinhart played for the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML, scoring 9 goals and adding 25 assists for 34 points in 32 games. In 5 playoff games, Reinhart scored 3 goals and added 5 assists for 8 points. Reinhart saw his first WHL action, registering no points in 2 games for the Oil Kings.
2010-11: In his WHL rookie season, Reinhart played in 45 games for the Oil Kings. He scored 6 goals and added 19 assists for 25 points to go along with 36 penalty minutes. Reinhart registered no points in 4 playoff games. Reinhart played for Team Pacific at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 1 goal and adding 6 assists for 7 points in 6 games for the bronze medal squad.
2011-12: Reinhart skated in 58 of 72 games for the Oil Kings in his second WHL season. Paired at times with 2010 first round pick Mark Pysyk (Buffalo), he scored 12 goals with 24 assists and was +23 with 38 PMs. The Oil Kings finished with the league’s best record and face Portland in the WHL Finals. In the first 13 playoff games, Reinhart had 1 goal with 5 assists and was plus-10 with 18 PMs. In Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft he is ranked tenth amongst North American skaters.
2012-13: Reinhart was a team captain for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings and was a teammate of fellow Islanders prospect Ryan Strome for Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Reinhart played 59 games for the Oil Kings; missing time for the WJC and when he attended Islanders camp in January. He scored 8 goals with 29 assists and was +30 with 35 penalty minutes. Edmonton advanced to the WHL finals against eventual Memorial Cup runner-up Portland. Reinhart was +5 and scored 3 goals with 4 assists in 12 playoff games, suffering a season-ending “lower body injury” in the Eastern Conference finals. Playing in a lower pairing role for fourth-place Canada in Ufa, Russia, he had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes in five games.
2013-14: Reinhart impressed in the pre-season with the Islanders before being returned to the eventual Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings. He skated for Canada in the 2014 World Juniors. Reinhart played 59 regular season games for Edmonton, missing time late in the season with the flu, and scored 8 goals with 21 assists, finishing plus-30 with 35 penalty minutes. After tying Calgary atop the Central Division with 103 points, finishing second based on tiebreakers, The Oil Kings rolled through the WHL playoffs; defeating defending champion Portland in the finals. Reinhart scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was plus-11 with 18 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. Edmonton lost two games during round robin play at the Memorial Cup before defeating Val-d’Or in a semifinal game and then avenging a loss to Guelph in the championship game. Reinhart had 3 assists and was plus-1 with 4 penalty minutes in five Memorial Cup games. He skated in four games for Canada at the WJC, missing the first three games due to a suspension from the 2013 tournament, and had an even plus/minus with 1 goal and 1 assist. Canada finished fourth, falling to Russia in the bronze medal game.
2014-15: Reinhart made the Islanders opening night roster in 2014-15, appearing in three games before being sent to AHL affiliate Bridgeport for his first pro season. He skated in eight regular season games and one playoff contest with the Islanders, recording an assist and finishing +1 with 6 penalty minutes while averaging 14 minutes of ice time during the regular season. Reinhart had no points nor penalties and was -3 in 12:42 minutes of ice time in his only NHL playoff game. He played 59 AHL games with the Sound Tigers, scoring 7 goals with 15 assists, and was -13 with 64 penalty minutes. Reinhart was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 1st and 2nd round draft pick at the 2015 NHL Draft in June.
Reinhart has great size, budding talent, and good bloodlines. He has good hockey sense to go along with his size and ability. While he doesn't excel in any one area of the game, he doesn't have many weaknesses, either. Reinhart can work on his skating, and he could still make better use of his size.
Reinhart will attend his first training camp with the Oilers and will push for a spot with the NHL club in 2015-16. Expected to be a staple on the New York blueline for years to come, he was caught in a numbers game in a deep group of defenseman with the Islanders. Playing in a town and with an organization with which he had his greatest success to date (the Oilers own the Oil Kings team with which he won a Memorial Cup), it is hoped that Reinhart can be an integral part of a brighter future for Edmonton. Long-term he is projected to be a top two pairing defender that is effective on both ends of the ice.