The top 100 prospects in hockey continue with numbers 65 – 61…
65. Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oilers
Height/Weight: 6’4” / 217
Drafted: Fourth overall in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft by the New York Islanders
Acquired: Trade from New York Islanders in 2015
Reinhart began the season in the AHL but was recalled in early October after Justin Schultz suffered a back injury. Reinhart played in 12 games for the Oilers and was held pointless before being returned to the AHL. In 14 games in Bakersfield, Reinhart has five points, recently scoring his first goal for the Condors. Since turning pro, he has yet to show he is ready for the NHL, but has played well in the AHL. Reinhart will continue to develop in the AHL and hopefully fulfill his potential as the fourth overall pick from the 2012 draft.
Skating is the most commonly cited issue with his play, and it is a concern. I’d say Reinhart fits the “skates well for a big man” label; he’s a long way from being a slug but start him flat-footed in the neutral zone against Carl Hagelin or Jason Chimera and bad things are going to happen…Hockey sense gets mentioned a lot by the people who like the player, including Oilers’ executive Bob Green, and with good reason. Reinhart’s defensive zone positioning is quite strong; it was funny watching him in his second career NHL game with his head on a swivel directing defensive zone traffic for the Islanders. He just knows where to be…At his best, Reinhart makes a good first pass, keeps the play alive in the offensive zone and has a heavy shot. His first night in the league he took the puck in the defensive zone, saw Carolina making a change, and made a two-line pass that led directly to an Islanders’ goal. – Jonathan Willis Edmonton Journal
64. Malcolm Subban, Boston Bruins
Height/Weight: 6’2” / 200
Drafted: 24th overall in the first round of the 2012 draft by Boston
Subban made his NHL debut in St. Louis last season and was mercifully pulled after three goals on six shots. The Bruins gave Subban and Jeremy Smith auditions to make the club during training camp but ultimately decided to run with Jonas Gustavsson as the backup and signed him to a contract after he was invited as a PTO. Subban was assigned to the AHL where he competed with Zane McIntyre for playing time until he suffered a fractured larynx injury that required surgery and now he’s projected to be out eight weeks. Prior to the injury, Subban posted a 14-8-2 record with a 2.46 GAA and one shutout.
Subban is a tremendously athletic goalie. He has fabulous reflexes and is extremely agile. He is particularly quick sliding post to post and is able to make some very nice saves on one timers as a result. Subban is also extremely quick with his pads and effectively uses his quick feet to put up a wall in the bottom half of the net. Subban’s great skating ability allows him to come out of the net and challenge shooters, as he’s able to back up very quickly should they attempt to come in for a deke. He is also very quick with his glove hand and blocker and effectively covers the top of the net as well. – Last Word on Sports
63. Alex Tuch, Minnesota Wild
Position: Right Wing
Height/Weight: 6’4” / 214
Drafted: 18th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft by Minnesota
Tuch is in his sophomore season as part of the power house Boston College Eagles where he has 12 goals and 25 points. Tuch started the season off slow after recovering from an injury and was left off the World Junior Championship roster for team USA in his final year of eligibility. In the second half, he has been faster and more aggressive, and the points have been coming. Tuch scored the overtime goal to give BC the Beanpot Championship.
Tuch is a big power winger who skates well with strong balance. He typically is called upon to be the meat and potatoes guy on a skilled line and does so very effectively. Impressive forchecker. Uses his frame to protect the puck and physically supporting his linemates. – Elite Prospects
62. Jakub Vrana, Washington Capitals
Position: Right Wing
Height/Weight: 5’11” / 185
Drafted: 13th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft by Washington
Vrana has been limited to just 15 games in his rookie AHL season due to rehabbing a shoulder injury. In those 15 games, he was lighting it up, with seven goals and 16 points. Vrana has spent the past two seasons with Linkoping of the SHL playing professional hockey against much older players, which has helped his transition in the AHL. The Capitals are hoping the transition is a quick one, so he may be making his NHL debut sooner than later.
Vrana has a fantastic wrist shot with a plus plus release. He is also skilled at finding gaps in coverage from which to strike. After an awesome start to his North American career, with five assists in three games, he will try to repeat the performance in a full season. Anything close will see him unveiled in the U.S. Capital before too long. He has more upside than anyone in the system. – Hockey Prospectus
61. Sonny Milano, Columbus Blue Jackets
Position: Left Wing
Height/Weight: 6’0” / 183
Drafted: 16th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft by Columbus
Milano became a youtube sensation with his eye-popping stick skills and hand eye coordination. After being drafted he made the move to the OHL and was impressive in Plymouth where he scored 68 points in 50 games and was a force for team USA at the World Juniors scoring another four points in five games. Upon completion of his OHL season he was assigned for the final ten games of the AHL season to Springfield where he managed to pick up five assists.
His first full pro season has been underwhelming, though, with five goals and 17 points in 32 games, but he had a strong showing for team USA at the WJC where he scored eight points in seven games. He has blazing speed, quick hands and a goal scorer’s touch.
Milano is a skilled winger with good hands who likes to carry the puck and have it on his stick. He has a quick first step as well as good straight line speed and able to use his edges well to elude and evade. He uses finesse puck skills and change of direction to beat defender. – Future Considerations