Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Reinbacher
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David Reinbacher to Officially Make Debut in North America

Published March 15, 2024 at 6:38 PM

Over the last few hours, the Montreal Canadiens released a very interesting statement regarding the fifth overall pick in the 2023 draft, namely the young Austrian defenseman David Reinbacher.

The Tricolore prospect notably reflected on the draft, his first contract in the NHL, his return to Austria, but also on his participation in the rookie tournament with the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge last summer.

"I was so excited to sign my first contract in the National Hockey League. It's a small step in the right direction. In your head, you tell yourself that you have accomplished something that few people have done, but now, you have to work to join the team and stay there. So, it was a bit of both at the same time: good emotions, but also this feeling of 'OK, it's time to get to work.'» - David Reinbacher

Naturally, after a season of ups and downs with HC Kloten, many fans will be eager to see him in action in North America. This publication by the Canadiens was potentially aimed at feeling out the situation, as the 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound giant could arrive in the metropolis in the VERY near future.

Speaking of his arrival in Montreal, a truly interesting piece of news has just emerged.

David Reinbacher in the Canadiens organization as early as next week?

Indeed, thanks to a 5 to 4 victory of the GCK Lions against Olten, David Reinbacher's team will not have to play in a relegation series, which was in danger of being relegated to the Swiss second division. This also means that the defenseman's season is officially over, and he is now free to join the Montreal organization.

Wow! What wonderful news!

We will possibly have the opportunity to see the Canadiens prospect make his professional debut next week. After an excellent campaign where the 19-year-old defenseman scored 22 points in 46 games, his offensive contribution somewhat decreased. David Reinbacher was unable to repeat his excellent performances from the previous season, accumulating 11 points in 35 games.

Nonetheless, no one doubts his potential, as he has all the necessary attributes to become a key element in the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge's defensive brigade. For sure, fans will definitely be keeping an eye on him during his first matches with the Laval Rocket in the AHL.

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