For the third week in a row, a member of the red hot Kootenay Ice has been named as player of the week in the WHL.
Two weeks ago it was Brayden McNabb. Last week it was Cody Eakin. This week it is Max Reinhart.
Reinhart's week was highlighted by a 5 goal game in the WHL's Eastern Conference final against the Medicine Hat Tigers. That effort came in game 4, the game that the Tigers were officially eliminated from the postseason.
In his only other game of the week, Reinhart scored a goal and was named as the game's 2nd star.
It's been a big year for the 3rd year member of the Kootenay Ice. Last June he was chosen in the 3rd round (64th overall) of the NHL draft by the Calgary Flames. He followed that up with a very solid season this year, registering 79 points in 71 games.
Not only does Reinhart have the ability to put the puck in the net and provide offense, he's a very mature and smart player all over the ice. He can shut an offensive line down, if that's the role he is given in a game. Seems to me the Calgary Flames have a very solid and underrated WHL prospect on their hands.
Reinhart's teammate, goalie Nathan Lieuwen has also been nominated by the WHL as the goalie of the week in the CHL. He was 2-0 for the week, stopping 43 of 46 shots and shutting down the high flying offense of Medicine Hat.