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NHL Draft 2012: New York Islanders Draft Griffin Reinhart Fourth Overall

Left to right- Doug Weight, Griffin Reinhart, and Jack Capuano
Left to right- Doug Weight, Griffin Reinhart, and Jack CapuanoBruce Bennett/Getty Images
Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IJune 22, 2012

General Manager Garth Snow of the New York Islanders has just drafted Griffin Reinhart with the fourth overall pick.

This followed the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens drafting Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray and Alex Galchenyuk, respectively. 

Reinhart is 18 years old, 6'4" and 205 pounds, so that's great size. He's even taller than Doug Weight.

According to the Elite Prospects website, Reinhart is a big, strong, two-way defenseman, meaning solidity on both sides of the ice. He makes few mistakes and has interesting offensive potential with a booming shot, similar to Travis Hamonic.

It was an interesting pick by the Islanders, considering Mathew Dumba, Filip Forsberg and Mikhail Grigorenko were still available, to name a few.

But it looks like a very sound pick. Reinhart has great size as mentioned above, and gives the Islanders options on defense. Especially in the trade with Anaheim, where the Isles acquired veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

Reinhart is considered one of the more NHL-ready defensemen in the draft. If he's not in the NHL next season, we can hopefully see him in the 2013-14 season.

Last season with the Edmonton Oil Kings, Reinhart scored 12 goals and 24 assists in 58 games.

It was an interesting pick, but will hopefully be the right one for Snow and the rest of the organization.

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