The Edmonton Oilers acquired Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders during the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for the 16th and 33rd overall picks. The move gives Edmonton a defenseman who is three years further along in his development than if they had used the 16th pick to acquire one.
Reinhart was originally selected in the first round (4th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, and signed a three-year contract with the club just over a month later. He then played out his junior eligibility with the Edmonton Oil Kings, winning a Memorial Cup Championship in 2014 with teammates like Ottawa‘s Curtis Lazar and Arizona‘s Henrik Samuelsson.
Reinhart also played for Team Canada in the 2013 and 2014 World Junior Tournaments.
In Edmonton, he will join a team with a new identity thanks to the addition of Connor McDavid, Reinhart, Darnell Nurse, and possibly Leon Draisaitl. Nurse has spent last two seasons with Sault Ste. Marie after being drafted by the Oilers in 2013. Fans have to be excited about the chance to see these two potential top-liners on the same team.
Meanwhile, the Oilers will have their work cut out for them sorting out their roster when training camp commences, a luxury for a team that has had some easy decisions to make in camp over the last decade.