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Griffin Reinhart will join the Islanders on Monday for practice on Long Island (Staple, Apr. 12).

The 21-year-old defenseman?spent a majority of the 2014-15 season in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 59 appearances, he recorded seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. Reinhart played in eight NHL games this season, as well, with the Isles. He only had a point in that span.

The decision, although not official, comes amidst uncertainty surrounding the availability of defenseman Travis Hamonic, who was hurt during Friday's game in Pittsburgh. Islanders Coach Jack Capuano said that Hamonic was still being evaluated following Saturday's regular season finale at Nassau Coliseum.

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Michael Grabner made his season debut on Thursday night in Ottawa.

Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano was overall happy with how the Austrian winger played against the Senators. However, he did feel some aspects of his game could be improved.

"I think Grabner for the most part did some good things," Capuano said. "He made a couple mistakes that he saw this morning. I think you can practice all you want and you can go through the reps all you want, but it?s a little different when you get into a game."

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Griffin Reinhart isn't looking to start the 2014-15 season in scenic Connecticut. The 20-year-old defenseman wants to be in the NHL on October 10th when the Islanders open their season in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

The fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft spent last season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings, where he?won the memorial cup and was named MVP of the WHL Championships. Now Reinhart's goal is to make it in the professional ranks.

It is widely believed that Reinhart will make the Islanders roster on opening night and a trip to Bridgeport would not be how he wants to begin the year.

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The Islanders kick off their annual team mini camp on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. The week long camp will feature 48 Islander prospects and camp invitees. Here are five player to keep an eye on this week.

Michael Dal Colle:?The 2014 fifth overall draft pick will take his first spin on the Coliseum ice in an Islander uniform. Dal Colle was the consensus choice for the Isles to take at five. He is still at least a year away from making the jump to the NHL, but Dal Colle will be a big part of the Islanders offense in the future. During his 2013-14 OHL season with the Oshawa generals he scored 39 goals and 56 points in 67 games. His big size and stickhandling ability make him a threat in the offensive zone. It will be interesting to see that on display at mini camp, especially during Thursday night's Blue and White Scrimmage. Dal Colle has been pegged as a potential winger of the future to play alongside John Tavares.


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The Islanders will return Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton of the WHL, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday."We sent Griffin down since if he's not getting in the lineup and getting those minutes he should go back to juniors and get that experience," Jack Capuano said.With Cal Clutterbuck ready to return to the roster, the Islanders had to take someone off of it to make room. Waiver exempt Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson have played well enough to keep from getting sent to Bridgeport, and the Islanders generally don't like to try and send veterans through waivers, leaving Reinhart as the option that made the most sense.Reinhart didn't make the top-six defenders out of camp and might have gotten a chance to play this week had the Isles not gotten off to a hot start; Jack Capuano rarely changes the lineup after a win.The Post spoke to Reinhart?yesterday, and he doesn't seem keen at all on the idea. Usually players will tow a line of 'whatever coach thinks is good for me is good for me':[sny-box]?It?s a little frustrating not playing, but I?ve been in junior several years now, and I don?t think there?s too much more for me to be learned down there,? Reinhart told The Post on Tuesday morning. ?So I think just practicing here ? even if I was just practicing here all year, and playing a few games ? I?d learn more from these guys than going back to junior.?[/sny-box]Whether you want to read into that or not, Reinhart seemed content with the decision in a now deleted tweet (deleted probably because he was the one breaking the news).This is the?irritating and arguably unfair nature of the NHL-CHL agreement that bars 19-year-old CHL-eligible players from playing in the AHL. It generally impacts top prospects like Reinhart, Ryan Strome before him and Nino Niederreiter before both. The players get caught between the CHL and NHL, the former a league they'll dominate and get bored with and the latter a challenge, maybe too tough.You won't see Reinhart again until probably the spring when the CHL season is over and at that point it may be Bridgeport not Long Island, but the long look he got this year is certainly promising for his future.
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From last night's third period, Cal Clutterbuck took a big spill on a hip check from Calgary's newest?very rich man?Dennis Wideman. Clutterbuck's group of "B" squad Islanders lost 5-3 in the newly aired out and dried off Saddledome. The other set of Islanders didn't fare much better, losing 4-2 at Regina, which is a place in Canada and not the second cousin on your mom's side of the family.? Your bonus .gif is from the same game and after the jump; Griffin Reinhart with a strong move to keep Lee Stempniak off the puck. Circa: third period, last night.
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The Islanders have a lot of defenders looking to make the NHL roster -- seven signed to NHL deals plus a few AHL prospects knocking on the door -- so it's going to be a very competitive camp for the defenders. And not only do the Islanders have all of those players, there are also a group of guys who played in juniors last year that will be looking for the crack at the big time. Among the latter group is Griffin Reinhart, the team's first round pick in 2012, taken at fourth overall.Reinhart has spent the past three seasons (and a sliver of a fourth) playing for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL. He's in the same situation that Ryan Strome was last year and Nino Niederreiter the year prior; the Islanders either have to keep him on the roster or send him back to juniors (they can also send him back after 9 NHL games). Reinhart doesn't have the option of playing in Bridgeport thanks to the CHL-NHL agreement prohibiting young players from skating in the AHL and ECHL until 20 years of ageIn Edmonton, the Edmonton Journal reports that the Oil Kings are already planning for life without their best defender:[sny-box]?Right now, we?re moving forward, thinking Griff won?t be back,? said Oil Kings? GM Randy Hansch.[/sny-box]The team sounds like it's going through a bit of a rebuilding transition, which would make Reinhart an even bigger fish in a smaller pond. But that doesn't mean that he'll be on Long Island in October. According to the Journal:[sny-box]A source close to the Islanders figures the odds are only about five to 10 percent that Reinhart sticks, even if he was the fourth player taken in the 2012 draft after Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray and Alex Galchenyuk went 1-2-3. The Islanders, the surprise team in the lockout season, used to rush their first-rounders like winger Josh Bailey in 2008, also keeping fellow forward Nino Niederreiter for a nine-game look in 2010 even though he?d done little in camp because he was the fifth player chosen overall. But no longer.They?re a deeper team and way more patient.[/sny-box]Not only have the Islanders been much more patient with their prospects but there's also the back-log of defenders that the team has. As it stands, the team could carry the seven defenders on NHL deals it currently has and no more, leaving all of the minor leaguers and prospects off the opening night roster. That's not the worst thing, as those guys would be the first call-ups when, or if, the injury bug hits. But it certainly is a tough time to be a defensive prospect in the Islanders system, as there is a lot of competition.
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This August, Hockey Canada will be hosting its summer training camp, a tune up for the World Junior Championships that take place at the end of the calendar year. The Islanders will have "only" two defensive prospects at the camp after 2012 third round pick Adam Pelech pulled out due to a wrist injury.

For Pelech, this is the same injury that caused him to miss the Islanders prospect camp a few weeks ago and it's the third time he's injured his wrist. From the Erie Times-News, where Pelech plays in junior for the OHL's Erie Otters:

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Last night the AHL All-Star Game took place in Providence, RI and it featured two Sound Tigers: Matt Donovan and Nino Niederreiter. Both were voted as starters for the game for the Eastern Conference, certainly a positive for the players and organization. The West won the game 7-6 -- low scoring for an ASG, maybe? -- and the only tally for the two Sound Tigers was a between-the-legs second assist from Niederreiter.

Sunday night was the skills competition and Donovan took part in the hardest shot contest:


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I guess that roster post was about two hours too early. We'll have to go back and do another one. In a not surprising move, Griffin Reinhart returned to juniors. In a surprising move, the Islanders will also return Ryan Strome without giving him a 5-game look at the NHL level.


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This morning at the World Junior Championship, the Canadians had a minor scare after they found themselves in a 2-0 hole early against Slovakia. With two goals from Ryan Strome (hockey news cover, right) the Canadians roared back to score four times in the second and twice in the third for a 6-3 win.

Also of note were the Canadians getting two game misconducts for hits on Slovakia players. The second, when Anthony Camara lit up Patrik Luza, looked like an especially painful shoulder-to-head hit.

In other Isles news, Griffin Reinhart picked up an assist as did Ville Pokka, although Pokka's Finns lost 3-1 to the Czechs.

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Early this morning the World Junior Championships kicked off in Ufa, Russia. Yes, actual hockey was played with actual current and future NHLers participating. The Islanders have three representatives in the WJCs; top draft picks Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart are skating for team Canada -- apparently doing their best impressions of the bad guys from Mighty Ducks -- while 2012 second round pick Ville Pokka is on the Finnish team.

All three players participated in the opening games today and racked up some points. Ryan Strome had a goal and two helpers and was +3 in Team Canada's 9-3 rout of Germany. Strome was centering a line with Jonathan Drouin (draft eligible in '13) and Brett Ritchie (2nd round to Dallas in 2011). Griffin Reinhart didn't get on the score sheet. As for Pokka, he had an assist and was +1 in Finland's 5-1 win over Latvia.

If you're looking to actually watch some hockey on your TV, the NHL Network in the US is airing 15 games plus highlights of the tournament. Your next chance to see the Isles' two Canadians are Friday at 4:30am, or 5:30pm on the replay, while Pokka and the Fins are not scheduled to appear. Steve Mears, former Isles play-by-play man, will be calling these games with ESPN's EJ Hradek. For a complete schedule, check out this post from Lighthouse.

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Tonight Team Canada announced their final roster for the 2013 World Junior Championship that will commence in Russia later this month. The WJC are a showcase for the world's best U20 players and among the players making the cut for Canada are two Islanders first round picks, Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart. 2012 third round pick Adam Pelech was also invited to training camp but was cut yesterday.
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Via the Edmonton Sun:

On Tuesday, the Edmonton Oil Kings coaching staff named Griffin Reinhart as captain.

So, the ?Big Cat? will be wearing the Big C.

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Yesterday was finally the day where Lubomir Visnovsky got his day in arbitration and we're all one step closer towards a resolution in the case of his mysterious no-trade clause. Visnovsky filed a grievance with the league in July after his June 22nd trade to the Islanders from Anaheim, claiming that he had a no-trade clause in place and should have been consulted by the Ducks before the trade. That's not to say he would or would not agree to a trade to the Islanders but that he feels he was wronged by his employer by not being treated fairly. If he wins the grievance, it'll certainly make for an interesting situation as to whether the trade gets a re-do or is abandoned entirely.

There won't be a decision today and there's been no formal mention of when we should expect a resolution, so expect this to go on quietly for a bit. You may now begin placing side bets as to which happens quicker; a Visnovsky ruling or a new CBA (the overwhelming favorite likely the former).

LightHouse Hockey has a great breakdown of the issues surrounding the trade. Back in 2008, the Kings sent Visnovsky to the Oilers, one day before a the no-trade clause was supposed to kick in. This leads to the main question in the case being what happened during Visnovsky's subsequent trade when the Oilers sent him to the Ducks.? From Dom Jansky:

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Later this week the annual Canada - Russia Challenge kicks off and four Islander prospects will be involved. Ryan Strome, Griffin Reinhart and Adam Pelech will play for Team Canada while Andrey Pedan will suit up for Team Russia. The series is played annually to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series between the two countries. This year's series starts on August 9th at 11am (ET) and will be televised on TSN.
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The team has quickly taken care of inking their top pick from June's draft. This does not necessarily mean that Reinhart will be on the Island this season. The team still has the option of sending him back to Edmonton to play with the Oil Kings of the WHL. If that happens, Reinhart's NHL contract would "slide" and not kick in this year.
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