This rumor has been making rounds on the internet for some time now and it doesn’t appear to be going away, which is why I’m even writing about it. Griffin Reinhart’s name has popped up in trade rumors (coming out of Edmonton, mind you) and for the life of me, I can’t understand any of this or why it makes sense.
Apparently, assuming the Oilers cannot land Aaron Ekblad, they will turn their attention to Reinhart in a potential deal with the Islanders. The Islanders would move from 5 to 3, but according to Edmonton reporters, it would also cost Griffin Reinhart. So the deal would be the fifth overall pick and Griffin Reinhart for the third overall pick.
To make it even better, many Edmonton reporters are saying that the Oilers shouldn’t make the trade because Reinhart isn’t good enough to warrant such a move.
This makes absolutely no sense, but for the Islanders, not the Oilers. For the Oilers, it would make all the sense in the world.
Oiler Fans Should Want This Trade Proposal
Even from across the country, everyone can see the Oilers’ glaring weakness is their defense. They have a plethora of talented
forwards who will only get better with time. Despite having Darnell Nurse, Martin Marincin and other young talented defensemen in the NHL or almost ready to get there, defense is for sure their weak point. My question for Oiler fans and critics alike is this- why would you not want to add one of the better defensive prospects around while staying in the top 5 in the draft?
It seems as if Ekblad will likely be drafted either first or second, meaning that Edmonton will once again likely draft a forward unless they trade back. With names such as Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and some young talent ready to move on to the next level, it’s no wonder that the Oilers should go D in the draft. Again, Griffin Reinhart is NOT a wanted target.
The Oilers should be salivating at the prospect of this. They’d be able to add a top defensive prospect who’s ready for the NHL and stay in the top five and add another talented forward. This seems like a no brainer for the Oilers, but fans and journalists are against it when really, it should be the Islanders who are against this.
Islander Fans Should Hate This Trade Proposal
If you’re an Islander fan, you know how much has been said about the blue liner and how excited fans are to see him play. He recently was named the WHL Playoffs MVP after his Edmonton Oil Kings won the Ed Chynoweth Cup. He also captains the Oil Kings. This is a player that has boatloads of talent and is a great character guy. In addition, the Islanders have one of the worst defensive corps in the league and the addition of Reinhart will be welcomed with open arms next season, should the team decide that he takes the next step.
Trading up in the draft would make sense if Ekblad were available for the Islanders to select but it likely will not come to that. Then, essentially trading two very good prospects for one doesn’t make sense either for an Islanders team that has seen so many forwards come up this season and perform well. There’s no need to trade a top pick in order to only move up two spots in a draft that won’t yield the same level of talent that next year’s might.
I might consider such a trade if the Islanders were also able to get a young talented player from the Oilers, but it’s doubtful that the Oilers would break up their core yet (unless it’s Nail Yakupov who could be on the move, and I’m not sure that I’d want him on the Island to begin with).
I do think the Islanders will end up trading this year’s pick. There’s so many reasons to do it and really not many not to. The signing of Jaroslav Halak proved that the team will be trying to compete this year and the value of a fifth overall pick, should an NHL ready player not be available, is huge. It will be interesting to see who the Islanders do with that pick, but I can almost guarantee that it will not be the trade outlined here with the Oilers.
I really wanted this whole rumor to go away but it has not yet and, if anything, has gained steam. Everyone seems to be against this happening, but it just won’t die. Here’s hoping it does, and soon.