Sitting at number 8 is 21-year old center, Max Reinhart. Reinhart was drafted in the third-round by the Flames in 2010 and spent the majority of the 2012-13 season with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL. In 67 AHL games, he scored 7 times and recorded 14 assists. Reinhart was called up to end the season and suited up in 11 games for the Calgary Flames registering 3 points in that span.
Reinhart played four seasons in the WHL for the Kootenay Ice and totaled an impressive 267 points in 298 games.
Flames fans should recognize his father’s name, Paul Reinhart as he was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in 1979 and played from 1980-1988 in Calgary. Max also has two brothers; Griffin and Sam. Griffin Reinhart was drafted by the New York Islanders fourth-overall in the 2012 NHL Draft while Sam Reinhart is a projected top 5 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
He’s a very physical forward and will fit in perfectly with the Flames and the new style of play they will be trying. His contract runs through the 14-15 season.
Per Hockey Prospectus -
“The Good: Reinhart is a high-end thinker, who despite not being the most naturally gifted offensive player is able to create scoring chances due to his great hockey sense and how quickly he processes the game. His best offensive ability is as a passer and his sense translates to his defensive game as well. Reinhart has been described by one scout as a “ball of energy” in terms of his playing style and his desirable physical game. He has the potential to be a tough defensive minutes player while being decent offensively.
The Bad: Reinhart’s skating isn’t all that good and while it’s improved it still grades as a tick below average. He needs to continue bulking up in order to make the transition to the pro game next season.”