Back in June of 2015, the Edmonton Oilers were high enough on Griffin Reinhart to send a first- and second-round pick to the New York Islanders to get him. At that point, he’d appeared in just eight games at the NHL level since being selected with the fourth-overall pick in the 2012 draft.
He skated in 29 games for the Oilers last season, failing to score a goal and registering one assist. The 6-foot-4, 212-pound defender failed to impress in that campaign, and he’s followed that up with a weak training camp this summer. Despite Edmonton still badly needing help on the blue line–see the Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson deal–they have elected to demote Reinhart back to the AHL.
He also spent time with the Bakersfield Condors last season. He skated in 30 games with the AHL club, scoring two goals and adding eight assists through 30 games played. While many players were demoted or sent through waivers today, Reinhart is a special case because of what the Oilers gave up to acquire him.
He’s a player Edmonton has been high on since his draft year–rumors were rampant that the Oilers were trying to trade up to land him–and they gave up two solid draft picks for his services. Ironically, the two players the Islanders selected have been downright impressive. Mathew Barzal could very well make the team out of camp, while Mitchell Stephens (who was acquired in a roundabout sort of way with the second-round pick) will captain the Saginaw Spirit this season.