After making his NHL debut and appearing in three games, Griffin Reinhart is off to the American League.
Reinhart, the Islander’s first-round pick (fourth overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was assigned to AHL Bridgeport on Thursday after the club activated fellow d-man Calvin de Haan from injured reserve.
As mentioned above, Reinhart played in all three of New York’s games this year — all wins — though his ice time steadily decreased after playing 16:51 in a season-opening win over Carolina. The 20-year-old got 14:53 of ice in the rematch versus the ‘Canes on Saturday, then played just 11:29 in Tuesday’s win over the Rangers.
This assignment will be Reinhart’s first trip to the AHL after spending the last four season with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings. With him gone, it looks as tough the Isles will roll with a top-six defense of de Haan, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey and Brian Strait.
De Haan, a former first-rounder himself (12th overall, 2009), hasn’t played at all this year while dealing with an upper-body ailment, one that’s kept him from building off his breakout 2013-14 campaign in which he scored 16 points in 51 games.