Reinhart's new lease on life with Flames

Calgary Flames forward and recent AHL call-up Max Reinhart skates against the Vancouver Canucks...

Calgary Flames forward and recent AHL call-up Max Reinhart skates against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 10, 2013 Photo by: Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

It’s the most misleading stat in hockey, but it’s always startling to see a guy so deep in red ink.

When 21-year-old centre Max Reinhart received a summons to join the Calgary Flames last weekend, he was saddled with an ugly minus-26 rating with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, easily the worst line of all the call-up candidates.

Through five games with the Flames, you’d never guess it. In fact, it hardly makes any sense the soft-spoken pivot with the high-end hockey sense was struggling so badly with the farm club.


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