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New York Islanders Sign Griffin Reinhart

It’s not noteworthy Buffalo Sabres news – but I had selected Griffin Reinhart in several mock drafts leading up to the 2012-2013 entry level draft – and today the 18 year old defensemen signed his entry level deal with the New York Islanders.

I am a little disappointed that the Buffalo Sabres did not make a play for Reinhart – but given that the Islanders selected him with the fourth overall pick, the team probably did not have them on the board of possibles given their full out attack on the center position.

The Buffalo Sabres did select defensive players in the 2012 draft, but did so in the second round with the 44th overall pick in Jake McCabe and then again in the seventh round selecting Brady Austin at 193.

I am not complaining about the Buffalo Sabres lack of defense in the draft selections, the depth of the organization definitely needed the boost at center.

What is the likely hood that the New York Islanders deal Griffin Reinhart to the Buffalo Sabres before the player reaches his prime?  That’s the question that weighed on my mind when I read that the Islanders had signed the former Edmonton Oil King.

In the last eighteen drafts – the New York Islanders have made twenty-three first round draft selections.

Of those twenty four first round draft picks, only eight are still with the New York Islanders organization – five of the eight are playing AHL hockey or below.  Only Rick DiPietro, Kyle Okposo and John Tavares are seeing regular action in an Islanders sweater.  Given Reinharts age – he coul be starting the season with the likes of Josh Bailey, Calvin De Haan, Nino Niederreiter, Brock Nelson, and Ryan Strome.  Thats just 37% of the first round draft picks by the New York Islanders still remaining on the island.

Realistically, the New York Islanders have only missed on one occasion in the draft – with the selection of Michael Rupp – the Islanders never came to terms and he reentered the draft the next year.  That represents just four percent of all first round draft picks.  Another four percent will be summed up by the loss of Sean Bergenheim by the New York Islanders – Bergenheim left for greener pastures during free agency.

The most staggering figure when looking at the New York Islanders draft history since 1995 – 12 of the first round selections by the New York Islanders were traded away before the prime of their career (some careers never sparked – so they might be safe to be included in the “missed” category as well).

Wade Redden

J.P. Dupont

Robert Luongo

Eric Brewer

Tim Connolly

Taylor Pyatt

Brenislav Mezei

Kristien Budroc

Raffi Torres

Robert Nilsson

Ryan O’Marra

Petteri Nokelainen

Some of these names are household names in many NHL households.  While they have seem to learned their lesson – the Islanders have held onto their number one selections since the lockout – we can only hope that the continued lack of hockey knowledge on Long Island might benefit the Buffalo Sabres in the near future.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Griffin Reinhart New York Islaners

  • Craig

    Josh Bailey has played on the Islanders full time since drafted. Nino played the entire 11-12 season on the island as well. Get your facts straight before you sart bashing a team you don’t know anything about.

    • RinkSideRants

      It was less about bashing the team and more for wanting Griffin Reinhart on the Sabres.

  • TW

    40 years = 0 Cups

  • John

    Moronic article. I wish I had those 50 Seconds of my life back.

  • CJ

    WOW! This is what happens when a writer for one team pines for player from another! Good luck trading for Reinhart!

  • CJ

    Oh….and since 2000 the Buffalo Sabres have selected 15 players in the 1st round of the draft. Only 4 (Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers, and Tyler Ennis) are still with the team, and see regualr NHL action. Hmm….the Isles have 4 as well (Tavares, Bailey, Okposo, and Dipiertro) Maybe you should think before you write!

  • Alan Smithee

    No. Just… no.

    Most of the picks you reference were drafted by Mike Milbury, who never met a prospect he didn’t like to trade. If you want to be fair in judging the likelihood of the Isles trading Reinhart, look at the first rounders post-Milbury (the first was drafted by Neil Smith, the rest by Garth Snow):

    Okposo – NHL
    Bailey – NHL
    Tavares – NHL
    de Haan – AHL
    Niederreiter – NHL, with a brief conditioning stint in the AHL when he got hurt
    Nelson – NCAA
    Strome – still junior-eligible

    All seven are still in the organization, with more than half playing with the Isles.

    Using what the Isles did in the late 90′s/early 2000′s to justify your hypothesis is just sloppy.