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On the surface, it looks like the Islanders need to go out and make a move for top-tier defensive talent if they want to be taken serious as Stanley Cup contenders.
A closer look says the answer may be with defensemen Matt Donovan and Griffin Reinhart.
While Donovan may be the more NHL-ready of the two, Reinhart makes for the better prospect, as his ceiling is much higher.
At 6'4", 202 pounds, Reinhart has all of the tools to become a first-pairing defenseman in the NHL. He's shown, in the OHL, that he can contribute on offense, especially under pressure—in 12 playoff games last season, he had three goals and four assists.
If the 19-year-old doesn't make the roster out of camp, he'll likely make the jump next season. His well-rounded game and hockey IQ should help him use put his his size to good use in the NHL.
And when Donovan and Reinhart graduate, depth at this position most likely won't be hurt too badly. 2013 first-round pick Ryan Pulock and 2012 second-round pick Ville Polka will be likely continue to be highly regarded.