|More of this than ice time for Reinhart.|
Jack Capuano, head coach of the Islanders, is sticking with his same line-up from opening weekend. That means, tonight, Cal Clutterbuck sits, Evgeni Nabokov starts in net and Griffin Reinhart remains in the pressbox.
For those concerned, Clutterbuck is likely to play on Friday night in Chicago, and Nabokov is probably going to have an off-day in Nashville on Saturday night; however, when does Reinhart make his NHL debut? Does he receive his nine-game tryout?
The more I hear that Reinhart's scratched, the more I think he doesn't.
It was a pleasant surprise to see the fourth-overall pick in 2012 make the Islanders roster out of training camp. Considered one-or-two years away in his development, the 19-year-old Reinhart was "slated," by many, for Edmonton of the WHL. His size and ability proved to be intriguing assets for an Isles team that had nothing similar on its current NHL roster.
Not surprisingly, though, he's most likely not there yet - something the Islanders have probably decided based on his nightly status.
Reinhart isn't playing. Initial speculation that he would play the first nine games of the 2013-14 season has feigned out, with Reinhart being the odd-man out in the team's first three games of October. With Clutterbuck's impending return, Reinhart's likely heading back to the WHL before the weekend to make room on the Islanders 23-man roster.
So what was the point of placing him on the team in the first place?
Well, the Islanders are giving Griffin the NHL "experience." They're letting him absorb everything - the locker room, the daily preparation, etc. Reinhart gets to see exactly what it takes to make the team and stick with it. He gets the opportunity to discover the holes in his game, and what to work on when he returns for that final year of junior hockey (For those who recall, the Islanders did the same thing with Ryan Strome in 2011-12, keeping him up with the team for their first two games of the season before returning him to Niagara).
So, I no longer expect to see Reinhart in an Isles uniform this season. Could I be wrong? Sure, but I don't anticipate it - not that there's anything wrong with giving Reinhart the time to receive the proper development for his, and the team's, future.
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