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New York Islanders Griffin Reinhart’s Trade Was His Greatest Contribution

Griffin Reinhart, fourth overall pick by the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Griffin Reinhart, fourth overall pick by the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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In 2012 the New York Islanders drafted defenseman Griffin Reinhart with the fourth overall pick. Unfortunately for Reinhart, his greatest contribution to the Islanders was getting traded.

The Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators, have brought in former New York Islanders draft pick Griffin Reinhart on an AHL tryout contract. What a fall, from a fourth overall pick in 2012 to an AHL tryout in 2019.

Unfortunately for Reinhart, his greatest contribution to the New York Islanders franchise was getting traded to the Edmonton Oilers for a first and second-round draft pick in 2015.

Top 5 to Barzal

Back in 2012, the defenseman put up 12 goals and 36 points 58 games for the Edmonton Oil Kings. That was enough for former Isles GM Garth Snow to draft Reinhart with the fourth overall pick.

But between draft night in 2012 and draft night in 2015, the defenceman played eight games with the Islanders and 59 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL. He was drafted to be an impact player and to be a piece of the Islanders core. But his greatest impact would be leaving on June 26th, 2015.

Three years after drafting him, Garth Snow traded Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the Oilers 16th overall pick and their 33rd overall pick in the same draft.

After a subsequent trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning where the Islanders packaged that 33rd overall pick from Edmonton and a third-round pick from the Florida Panthers, Snow was able to get a second first-round pick (28th overall).

That means the Isles were able to squeeze a 16th overall and 28th overall pick for Reinhart. Snow used those picks to draft Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier.

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Snow was able to turn a top-five pick that’s having a hard time locking up a job in the AHL into a number one center and future Calder Trophy winner and a top-six forward. Reinhart didn’t have the impact he intended to have with the New York Islanders, but at least it was a positive one, right?

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