David Reinbacher would be better than a young NHL star defenseman

Published July 4, 2023 at 10:59
BY ELIAS
Many supporters of the Tricolore have questioned Kent Hughes' decision to select young Austrian defenseman David Reinbacher over Matvei Michkov. However, according to remarks made by advanced statistics analyst, Chatel Thibaud, the 5th overall pick possesses enormous potential and the fans can be very excited to have him in the organization.

Although several observers have compared Reinbacher's style of play to that of Detroit Red Wings' star defenseman, Moritz Seider, Thibaud does not quite agree with this statement.

In fact, during his appearance on The Sick Podcast with Tony Marinaro, he mentioned that the Canadiens' prospect had performed better than the German in their respective draft year. Notably, the analyst had the opportunity to see Reinbacher play many times over the past season.

"The fact that David Reinbacher, who is only 18 years old, got the most ice time on his team is unprecedented. If we compare Reinbacher to European defenders who have recently been drafted, such as Moritz Seider, David Jiricek, and Simon Nemec, he is above them." - Chatel Thibaud



Wow! It's very encouraging to hear such a statement!

David Reinbacher is seen as a very promising defenseman, who excels in all three zones. He is also very skilled with the puck and has no trouble making a good first pass to facilitate zone exits in defensive territory. Moreover, the Austrian uses his size well to defend in front of the net and win his one-on-one battles. Although few people seem willing to admit it, the Tricolore may have landed a future star defenseman in the NHL.

Moreover, the 18-year-old posted impressively high statistics at the start of his professional career. While Roman Josi (8 points in 35 games) and Moritz Seider (6 points in 29 games) had some difficulties contributing offensively before being drafted, Reinbacher, for his part, accumulated 3 goals and 19 assists in 46 matches. If the defender develops his offensive touch in the NHL, he could turn out to be a masterstroke for the organization.

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