Oilers assign Reinhart to Condors

The latest roster move has come to fruition as D Griffin Reinhart has been assigned to the Bakersfield Condors. 

After the Oilers traded their 2015 first and second round draft choice (16 and 33 overall) to the New York Islanders at the 2015 draft for Griffin Reinhart, the last year hasn’t quite gone as expected for both parties.

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Reinhart, who was a fourth overall draft choice in the 2012 NHL entry draft, has played in 29 games for the Edmonton Oilers in which he scored one assist. 

The move to acquire Reinhart was the first that Peter Chiarelli made as the GM of the Oilers, and has been highly scrutinized since then. Reinhart, a player who struggled to crack the Islanders lineup, has had similar issues in his time in Edmonton.

As a defenceman touted as a big bodied player who plays a sound two-way game, Reinhart has done himself no favours in his attempts to crack the Oilers roster. Standing at 6’4″, 217-lbs, Reinhart has the size that the Oilers have sorely lacked on the backend. However, his inability to increase his foot-speed has made it difficult for him to play at the NHL level.

Last season, he played in 30 games for the Bakersfield Condors in which he scored 10 points to go along with a +2 rating. Reinhart is a player who has the natural abilities to play at the NHL level in what will likely be no more than a third pairing role, but it is up to him how he wants these next few years to go.

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Reinhart is in the final year of his ELC, so this season will be imperative for him to make the next jump. 

The Oilers will now look to rookie Matthew Benning and Eric Gryba to vie for the seventh and final spot on the Oilers defence.

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After a long summer of arguing and waiting, the NHL season is right around the corner and that means it’s time for us to throw another party. We wanted a second take on last year’s season and decided that we would celebrate the start of the second year of Connor’s reign over Oil Country. Thanks to our friends at AMA Travel, Cornerstone Insurance, the Pint, Oodle Noodle, and United Cycle we’ve got a big night planned for you complete with raffles, swag bags, and two trips (valued at $5000 each) for two to the outdoor game in Winnipeg courtesy of AMA Travel.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Where: The Pint Downtown
  • When: Friday, October 14th at 5pm
  • Why: Because we’ve got a hankerin’ for some partyin’ 
  • How: Tickets are available here

See you on October 14th!

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  • Jaxon

    I think when trying to find the value in the Reinhart trade we shouldn’t be looking at Barzal and Beauvillier (note: Beauvillier was not the pick the Islanders got from Edmonton). We should be looking at the D taken between 15 & 33. Because D take longer to mature and Chiarelli was hoping Reinhart would be a player before a draft pick. Well the following D have not made an NHL club yet, either:

    18. Thomas Chabot (OTT)
    26. Noah Juulsen (MTL)
    27. Jacob Larsson (ANA)
    29. Gabriel Carlsson (CBJ)
    31. Jeremy Roy (SJS)
    34. Travis Dermott (TOR)
    37. Brandon Carlo (BOS)
    40. Nicolas Meloche (COL)

    These are the timelines that will show wether Reinhart has been an improvement on a drafted player. Has Reinhart turned out as predicted by Chiarelli? No.

    In full disclosure, I did not like the trade either. But only because Reinhart is left-handed. At the time, I was hoping they’d make a move for Hamilton, Pulock, Parayko, Petrovic, Paliotta, Benning, Larsson, Spurgeon, Pysyk, Dumba, Bowey, Severson, Santini or Schmaltz. Since then, Hamilton, Paliotta, Benning, Larsson, Pysyk have all changed teams so they were achievable targets. We actually wound up with two of them, one buy luck (Benning) and one through a very painful trade (Larsson). Most of them probably could have been had quite cheap in the summer of 2015.