Edmonton, AB — The Edmonton Oil Kings will get one of their two missing leaders back in the lineup Wednesday when they visit the Brandon Wheat Kings, while the other will continue following his NHL dreams.
Centre Curtis Lazar, who led the Oil Kings with 38 goals last season, was returned to the club Monday by the Ottawa Senators, but captain Griffin Reinhart was announced as one of 23 members of the New York Islanders opening night roster.
Lazar was drafted 17th overall in this June’s draft by the Senators. The 18-year-old from Vernon, B.C. participated in the Senators’ rookie camp, played in a rookie tournament in London, Ont. and saw action in a pair of preseason games with Ottawa. He will return to the Oil Kings lineup Wednesday in Brandon and wear the Captain’s “C.”
Reinhart, New York’s fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, is one of eight defencemen the Islanders will carry into opening night. The 19-year-old blueliner registered one goal and one assist for the Isles and was plus-2 over four preseason games. Reinhart can play in up to nine regular season games before the Islanders can no longer send him back to Edmonton without using a year of his contract.
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