The lack of anything to play for the rest of this season has allowed the Calgary Flames a chance to give a few of their prospects an extended look at the NHL level. One of the prospects already having an impact is Max Reinhart, the team’s third-round pick from the 2010 draft. The skilled center had been impressive in the AHL this season, and in his third game with the Flames he recorded his first NHL point.
Reinhart assisted on Curtis Glencross’ first period goal in Wednesday’s loss to the Vancouver Canucks, which would be the only Flames goal in a 4-1 loss. The Flames have been using Reinhart on their second line alongside Glencross and Tim Jackman, where the youngster has averaged 15 minutes of ice time per game. Injuries to Matt Stajan and Jiri Hudler have been a big blow to the Flames’ offense, but will allow prospects like Reinhart to get some valuable ice time this season as the Flames build for the future.
Reinhart had seven goals and 21 points for the Abbotsford Heat before being recalled, and is in his first professional season after a great junior career with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. After being drafted by the Flames, he had the best season of his career in 2010-11, scoring 34 goals and adding 45 assists. Last season he scored 28 goals and had 78 points. Reinhart’s father, Paul, played for the Flames for eight seasons and his brothers Griffin (New York Islanders, 2012) and Sam (draft eligible 2013) should be joining him in the NHL in a few years.