Montreal Canadiens top defenseman prospect David Reinbacher
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Top Insider Comments on David Reinbacher: Is He Headed to Montreal Sooner Than Expecter?

Published February 9, 2024 at 9:34
BY AARON

Many fans are eagerly waiting to see Montreal Canadiens prospect David Reinbacher play in North America. After all, the Austrian defender was selected fifth overall in last summer's draft, and according to many observers, he is destined for a very promising future in the NHL.

It's worth noting that Barry Trotz (Nashville Predators) and Daniel Brière (Philadelphia Flyers) had attempted to acquire the Canadiens' first-round pick in 2023, aiming to get their hands on the 19-year-old. While not a guarantee of success, this certainly demonstrates that Reinbacher was a player who attracted a lot of attention during his draft year, proving that he potentially has the skills to become an excellent player in the NHL.

However, after an exceptional season where the 6'3", 210-pound defenseman amassed 22 points in 46 games, things have gotten complicated this year. Indeed, HC Kloten finds itself at the bottom of the standings, with the team already having changed head coaches three times in the 2023-2024 season. Moreover, the Canadiens' prospect had some difficulties adjusting to his new status at the beginning of the campaign but is slowly starting to become the defenseman who showed why he deserved to be drafted in the top-5 last year.

But one question remains: when will we have the chance to see David Reinbacher cross the Atlantic Ocean to play in North America?


During an appearance on RDS's Hockey 360 show, Bob Hartley made a significant statement regarding the future of the defenseman. Having already coached a season in the Swiss top division, the former Calgary Flames head coach is very familiar with the level of play. He notably believes that the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge must absolutely allow Reinbacher to play in Montreal or Laval this year, adding that this decision will have to be made quickly.

"When should we bring [David Reinbacher] back to Montreal?

As soon as possible. For one, this year, David Reinbacher is on his third coach, and Kloten are at the bottom of the league. However, the defenseman has significant responsibilities in an excellent league; I've already coached there for a season, so it's not all lost.

But I would like to see him in the Canadiens' family with the team's coaches. I am convinced that many CH scouts go to Reinbacher's games, who is currently playing with adults, but the sooner he plays with the Canadiens, the sooner it will facilitate and advance his progression." - Bob Hartley

That's pretty clear!

Bob Hartley is convinced that the Canadiens need to bring David Reinbacher back to North America to help him continue his development. With a modest tally of 11 points in 28 games, there's no doubt he could benefit from the advice of Adam Nicholas, Francis Bouillon, and Paul Byron to refine his learning.

Knowing that his season will conclude on March 4, it wouldn't be surprising if he soon makes his professional debut, whether with the Laval Rocket or the Montreal Canadiens. Imagine if Jean-François Houle could count on David Reinbacher, Logan Mailloux, and Justin Barron on the right side of his defensive brigade. The CH's farm team would be in an excellent position to make a significant run in the playoffs
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