The Ottawa Senators have announced the signing of forward Cole Reinhardt to a three-year, entry-level contract, beginning in the 2021-22 NHL season.
Featuring an annual average value of $813K if playing at the NHL level, the 21-year-old is expected to continue his development with the American Hockey League’s Belleville Senators where he is currently playing on an AHL amateur tryout agreement. If skating with Belleville, Reinhardt will make $65K next season.
Currently through 22 games with the baby Sens, Reinhardt is seventh in team scoring with three goals and seven points. The Alberta product spent four full seasons with Manitoba’s Brandon Wheat Kings, where he served as a part of the leadership team. He put up a career-high 31 goals and 55 points in 56 games last season, adding to his WHL total of 75 goals, 141 points and 151 penalty minutes in 252 regular season games with Brandon.
“We’ve been exceedingly happy with Cole’s play this season,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Friday. “For someone who was just recently drafted, he’s already showcased a great combination of strength and speed in addition to excellent hockey sense, which is likely his best attribute.”
The former Airdrie Xtreme U-15 AAA star now joins a list of high-talented youngsters within the Senators’ organization brought by way of the NHL draft. After selecting Tim Stutzle and Jake Sanderson, the Sens also chose current Wheat Kings forward Ridly Greig (28th overall) this past summer, before snatching up Reinhardt with the 181st overall selection in the sixth round. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward now joins Greig in having signed his entry-level deal.