Reinhart recorded one assist in a 4-2 preseason loss to Anaheim on Sunday. The youngster not only provided a primary assist in the second period, but also recorded two shots on goal, one blocked shot, and one takeaway. Reinhart only facilitated one assist in 29 games last season, so getting a point is an encouraging sign -- even if it was a preseason game. Reinhart will likely be given a third-line role in Las Vegas during the 2017-18 season.
Reinhart signed a two-year contract with the Golden Knights on Saturday. The deal is worth $800,000 annually. It's officially a clean slate for Reinhart, who quickly fell out of favor with the Islanders, but was picked up by Vegas in the expansion draft. Originally selected fourth overall by the Isles in 2012, the defenseman went on to produce a mere two points with a minus-5 rating over 37 games. With respect to the pressure cooker of the NHL, look for head coach Gerard Gallant to shield him from a role that doesn't mesh with his natural skill set. Reinhart can be an imposing presence from the back line, but expecting a ton of minutes right out of the gate probably isn't realistic.
Reinhart has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. A colossal bust over the course of his brief NHL career, Reinhart will get a fresh start in Vegas. Selected fourth overall by the Islanders in the 2012 Entry Draft, Reinhart was eventually traded to Edmonton for a draft pick that the Isles used to select top prospect Mathew Barzal. It's a trade that the Oilers' brass could regret for years to come. As for Reinhart, he has no goals and two assists in 37 career NHL games. His defensive play is erratic, and he's shown below-average puck skills. While he's young enough at 23 that it makes sense for Vegas to take a chance on him, fantasy owners shouldn't expect much.
Reinhart has been recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey Leagues. Reinhart appears to be an insurance callup in case Oscar Klefbom (lower leg) is unable to participate in Game 3 of Edmonton's first-round playoff series against the Sharks. Reinhart, 23, has 21 points with the Condors this season.
Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield on Sunday. Reinhart has totaled 11 points (five goals, four assists) with the team's AHL affiliate this season, but has yet to see any action at the top level this season. It's unlikely he will obtain a significant role with the Oilers this season, so he can safely be avoided in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
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