As you know, in the last draft the Canadian had a choice in his hands that could change everything. Because?
Because after the top 4 (Connor Bedard, Leo Carlsson, Adam Fantilli and Will Smith), there was a break in talent… or at the level of attitude, in the case of Matvei Michkov.
Because the Canadian failed to land one of the top 4 talents, he had several options to choose from afterwards. There were a lot of quality guys available for the CH…
But the club could also change its choice.
We know that Yaroslav Askarov was offered to CH so the Predators selected David Reinbacher fifth overall. We know the Flyers offered Cutter Gauthier to CH, who also wanted to draft Reinbacher. The CH, however, considered Gauthier as a fifth option from a weak crop.
We also know that Kent Hughes received numerous calls and we can believe that several clubs intended to recruit Reinbacher.
Keep in mind, too, that the Coyotes, who selected a defenseman sixth overall, likely had a firm intention of drafting Reinbacher if the latter eluded them.
Brief. All this to say that the Canadian selected a highly sought-after player last June. This is an important decision for the future of the Montreal Canadiens.
Because? Because if it becomes what it needs to be, the club will be in the car.
I was always one of those who didn’t see the problem in drafting the best right defender of his generation… especially with such potential and such a well-stocked toolbox. After all, a defender of the genre is expensive. Ask the Flyers what they think. #CutterGauthier #JamieDrysdale
And according to Marc-Antoine Godin and Arpon Basu, who is in Europe to chat a little about the Canadian’s hopes, in their podcast, the Canadian has Reinbacher in high regard.
At what point? To the point that the name of Noah Dobson, the Islanders’ excellent defenseman, is a comparison that circulates among Canadians when talking about Reinbacher.
If he played in Montreal this season, Noah Dobson would be the club’s leading scorer by far, considering forward Nick Suzuki’s 35 points. He currently has 43 points in 42 games and should have votes for the Norris at the end of the season.
The 6’4 right-handed defenseman scored 51 and 49 points in his last two seasons. But this year? He is on another planet. He broke out five years after being drafted, which is not unusual for a defenseman.
The guys on the podcast are right to mention that if an NHL club wants to get their hands on a Dobson right now, it will be impossible to do so. The 2018 first-round pick is non-tradeable at this time.
If a club wants such a defender without paying a fortune in the free agency market (assuming that defender is free as air one day), they should logically draft him. And that’s what the Canadian did.
Keep in mind that Reinbacher is not necessarily having the season he expected, but the Canadian’s hope is to learn better and better how to manage the pressure of being the first option in a market like Montreal. That’s nothing.
He is developing in a men’s league and gaining confidence.
J’ai hâte de voir finir la saison à Laval (parce que oui, j’assume que ça va se faire) et j’ai hâte de vir si, like Dobson, il jouera dans la LNH à l’âge de 19 ans only.
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