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.
Reinhart, the son of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart and brother of Calgary Flames prospect Max Reinhart, looks to be a lock to be chosen among the top 15 selections next Friday, and he has a very good chance to be selected in the top 10.
Another bit of news that the Vancouver, British Columbia native received within the past couple of days is his selection by Hockey Canada to take part in this summer's Canada-Russia Challenge, an event that replaces Canada's development camp for the World Junior squad.
The solidly built Reinhart is known as a two-way defenseman who to this point has only scratched the surface of his offensive potential. He moves well for a player his size (6-4, 200 lbs.) but has tended to play a more defensive style of game to this point in his junior career. That doesn't mean Reinhart hasn't contributed to the offense, however, as he scored 12 goals and added 24 assists for 36 points in 58 regular season games. He added 2 goals and 6 assists in the playoffs during the Oil Kings run to the WHL championship.
No sooner did Reinhart complete his 2011-12 season than he then had to attend the 2012 NHL Combine. He talked about his season during this media scrum following his testing session at the Combine.