Both Edmonton and New York Won the Reinhart Trade
There’s been a lot of debate over the trade that the Islanders and Oilers made on Friday night. The deal sent former Oil Kings captain Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton in exchange for the 16th and 33rd overall picks. The trade is in question mainly because of Griffin’s draft pedigree, as he was taken 4th overall in 2012.
This deal is a good one for both teams. From the Islanders perspective, they get a lot of value out of a depleting prospect that did not impress them or the fans. Many felt Barzal was a top-ten pick in the draft, and the Islanders’ head scout Trent Klatt viewed him as on of the best overall talents in the draft, much like many other respected members of the hockey community did. That makes the deal sweet on its own, but adding the 33rd was the finishing touch. Snow used that 33rd overall to trade up to 28th overall, where he selected Anthony Beauvillier.
The Islanders assessed their needs and acted upon it on this deal. Their forward prospect farm was growing smaller after the graduation of Anders Lee, Ryan Strome, and Brock Nelson. They also have a plentiful amount of defensemen, including three locked up long term (Boychuk, Leddy, Hamonic) and one not going anywhere (Calvin de Haan). Along with that, Ryan Pulock is set to make the jump to the NHL next season after surpassing Reinhart on the depth chart. Scott Mayfield impressed during the playoffs, bringing the big physical asset that the Islanders were hoping Reinhart would bring, but never did.
The Oilers got a good deal out of this, too. The already stud filled offense needed no more prospects, especially after adding Connor McDavid, so it was wise to trade the picks. They added a defenseman that they can use next year, even if he may not appear ready (which he didn’t look so in his time with the Islanders). Defense is Edmonton’s biggest, most glaring need, and Reinhart still has the potential to become a solid, second pairing shutdown guy for them. Defensemen, especially big ones, need more time to develop and Reinhart could break out under the right coach with more playing time and a more familiar city.
New York’s perspective:
-Added more forward prospects & a top-10 talent in Barzal
-Opened the door for Pulock and Mayfield
-Used some of their defensive prospects to their advantage
-Added a right-side playing defenseman
-Sacrificed picks that would be used on offensive prospects for immediate help
Unless either Mathew Barzal or Griffin Reinhart turn out to be a true bust, I don’t think either team will be losing any sleep over this deal.