Max Reinhart Looks To Avoid Slump



Future Considerations will be stop by to provide updates on notable Flames prospects now and then. Today we take a look at Max Reinhart.

By: Future Considerations

Max Reinhart found himself in the basement of the Scotiabank Saddledome talking to media after a Calgary victory. But instead of waiting for the media to converge on the Flames’ dressing room, Reinhart instead found him walking down the dark tunnel that meets with the bowels of the storied rink after emerging from the visiting club’s habitat.

Reinhart, returned to major junior a week prior, had been handed a defeat at the hands of Calgary’s other hockey franchise: the Hitmen. It was the first time the Vancouver, BC. native had been back since being cut by the Flames and his reassignment to the Kootenay Ice.

Reinhart was up for the game, a chance to show the Flames what he could do from the comfort of their own rink.

“At the start it was exciting,” said Ice standout, who had 34 goals a season ago and helped Kootenay to a Memorial Cup berth.

Then, reality sunk in.

The Hitmen used three goals in the third period in a come-from-behind effort to down the Ice in what was Calgary’s home opener. Reinhart was held pointless in the affair. Reinhart then spoke about avoiding the dreaded slump that can come with the letdown of leaving an NHL camp.

“Well I was avoiding it,” he said before being blanked in Calgary. “I’ll have to find a way to not fall into that little slump that everyone goes into every once in a while.”

He has.

While he has been held pointless in two of his five games since returning to help Kootenay defend its WHL title, Reinhart has four goals and six points on the season to lead the Ice.

But his contributions to his club have not been purely offensive. Reinhart is serving as a mentor to one new member of the team – brother Sam.

“I give him a lot of credit to my early success having a couple goals here in the first five games,” said Sam, who has three goals and four points on the season. “It’s just made the transition – off ice especially – just living with him this year with the same family, it’s made it a lot easier.”

“I think it helps for sure, a little bit of familiarity,” Max said. “You don’t feel alone. We live together too so he’s got someone to talk to all the time.”

Sam’s the second of two brothers that have looked up to Max’s success. Middle brother Griffin is currently ranked among the 2012 NHL Entry Draft’s top-10 prospects. Selected in the third round of the 2009 draft, Max isn’t exactly sure how to impart the wisdom of his experience on Griffin.

“I wasn’t going to get the same media attention he is so I’m not sure what to tell him when he’s rated in the top-10, 15 picks. That was never me,” Max admitted. “If he ever wants advice I guess I could give him some.”

The eldest Reinhart isn’t about to turn down advice either. Returning to Cranbrook, the Flames left Reinhart with some areas the six-foot forward can work on to bring himself closer to the Calgary lineup next year.

“It’s more off ice stuff that I’ve got to accomplish and I’ll try to do that as much as I can throughout the season,” he revealed.

Something Max Reinhart appears to have a head start on early in his final year of major junior.

    • RexLibris

      It is very eatly to judge although if they were lucky enough to take Griffin Reinhart they will be a better team in the long run; based on the scouting reports I’ve read.

      Has there ever been three brothers playing for the same NHL team ever before?

      • RexLibris

        I was wondering about Griffin’s probability of ending up with the Flames in June. His stock has been falling to start the season so it isn’t as if the Flames need to necesasrily go catastrophic to draft him, but then assuming that they could get Sam in next year’s draft is a bit of a stretch as he could is tracking to be a top 5 pick and I don’t think that Feaster’s mandate will be to let the team get that bad.

        The closest I can think of with three brothers playing for a team would be a father and two sons when Gordie Howe played with his sons Mark and Marty but then again that was in the WHA.

        Getting back to the main point of the article: Max. His offensive tools appear to be there, I wonder if some of his development will be how to play without the puck and basic conditioning skills. It seems that many prospects with high-end offensive skills grow accustomed to using their talent to find success at the expense of work ethic or defensive awareness and that this part of their game is the one that takes time to hone in the pro leagues.

    • RexLibris

      While I’m not entirely disagreeing with you because it’s a long season and anything can happen…it’s a long season and anything can happen and isn’t it a little early to be going that far?

      Last year Leaf fans were talking playoffs after a 4-0 start while people were wondering who the Devils would draft 1st overall because of their bad start. Two years ago Vancouver fans were literally planning the parade route halfway through pre-season.

      Like I said, I agree that there is a chance that the Flames draft in the 9 to 15 range, I think it’s also likely that they draft somewhere after the 15th overall. Two years from now I’d have no problem saying they could be drafting top 10 or higher, but let’s not write their season epitaph while their just getting started.

  • icedawg_42

    younger brother Sam was easily the best player on the Kootenay Ice that night. Actually looks like a higher skill player than Max. The Hitmen’s Victor Rask (Carolina 2nd rounder) is going to dominate this year I think.