Photo: Kirill Kabanov and Kirill Petrov are two of the many talented forwards the Islanders have drafted over the past five years. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the announcement of the move to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn to start the 2015-16 season, the future of the New York Islanders is suddenly very optimistic. The team has stockpiled talented prospects over the past several years and many of them are starting to look like promising NHL players.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart's draft stock rose as the 2011-12 season progressed, leading to his fourth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Bloodlines may or may not make a difference in hockey, but the New York Islanders might think so as they used the fourth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft on Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart took part in the 2012 CHL Top Propsects Game, picking up a goal for the victorious Team Orr (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/CHL Images)
Edmonton Oil Kings defenseman Griffin Reinhart had a season to remember, one that included a WHL championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup Tournament. But the best will be saved for last, with Reinhart likely to be a high draft pick at next week's 2012 NHL Draft.
Hockey fans in and around the WHL will get plenty of opportunities to watch former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart’s sons over the next few seasons. Griffen, physically the biggest of the three Reinharts playing in the WHL right now, has been a highly-ranked prospect for much of the current campaign.
In fact, Reinhart is the biggest defenseman among the elite players at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Kelowna. He checks in at 6’4 and 202 pounds, already looking like he would fit right in on an NHL team’s blueline. Just one week ago, he celebrated his 18th birthday.