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The development of David Reinbacher is faltering, and it's bad news

Published December 21, 2023 at 8:57

Whether we like it or not, David Reinbacher will always be closely scrutinized in Montreal. Being the 5th overall pick ahead of a player like Matvei Michkov will follow him throughout his career, much to his dismay.

The Canadiens had confidence in his coach at Kloten, Gerry Flemming. However, Flemming was fired a few weeks ago, and since then, the young player's ice time has drastically decreased.

General Manager Larry Mitchell has taken over the team, and since then, the young defenseman has seen much less ice time.

This is not good news for the Canadiens.

"Kloten's new coach has reduced Reinbacher's ice time by about 4 minutes a game. Today, he has picked up his third assist in the last four games." - Grant McCagg

The crucial thing for Reinbacher is to play a lot, and that is not happening right now. It's concerning for his development, especially when many good defensemen, like Kaiden Guhle, for example, played 25 to 30 minutes per game before reaching the NHL.

Reinbacher has to settle for 17-18 minutes of ice time, which is very little, even though he's playing in a men's league at 18.

Let's hope it doesn't have a negative impact on his development because if he has to play several years in the American Hockey League before joining the Canadiens, we might regret this selection.

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