Kent Hughes likes the kid (a lot), but it feels like organizational need guided the choice → https://t.co/OofTFtH0Ob
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 29, 2023
For the past few days, the possibility of the Habs trading their fifth pick to move down in the draft had been increasingly discussed. After all, the club didn’t seem to want Matvei Michkov, and with the top-4 seemingly set in stone (Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson and Will Smith), moving down to pick up more than one prospect seemed a logical avenue.
But in the end, the Tricolore kept their fifth pick and used it to draft defenseman David Reinbacher. In Kent Hughes’ eyes, he was the best prospect available (but who knows if he would have been if he’d been left-handed).
Now, clearly, the Tricolore likes the youngster. In fact, even if he didn’t trade his pick, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have good offers on the table.
In fact, according to Kent Hughes, no fewer than five or six teams called the Tricolore to acquire the pick. However, in his eyes, none of the offers were worth Reinbacher, whom the team’s scouts really wanted to draft.
And what scared the club was that some of the clubs that wanted to move up in the draft wanted to do so for Reinbacher, and that they were almost certain he wouldn’t be available after the sixth pick, whereas the Coyotes really seemed to want a defenseman (they drafted Dmitri Simashev immediately after Reinbacher).
#Habs Kent Hughes on keeping the 5th overall pick: “…and we weren’t going to be able to find a trade that was as valuable as David at five.”
– Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) June 29, 2023
At the CH, we really like Reinbacher, who we see as a future first-pair defenseman capable of playing big minutes(and whose potential is judged to be among the highest of the current crop of prospects). And clearly, the youngster’s attitude has impressed the club, as he came to the table after his selection saying he couldn’t wait to put on his work boots and win the Stanley Cup.
“The first thing David told us at the (draft) table was I can’t wait to put my work boots on and help you win a Stanley Cup.” – Kent Hughes.
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 29, 2023
Kent Hughes also admitted that he tried to move up in the draft (and I want to believe he was aiming for Will Smith), but the four teams ahead of him wouldn’t trade their picks.