He has an illness that causes frequent pain in his knees → https://t.co/XWWnks2GVN
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 18, 2023
It’s been a few weeks since the CH selected David Reinbacher fifth overall in the draft. While many people (myself included) would have liked to see a forward selected, the fact remains that Reinbacher has the potential to become an excellent NHL defenseman.
Let’s just hope his knees don’t become too much of a problem.
Since the youngster’s selection, we’ve often heard the same tape used to describe him: we’re talking about a guy with a pretty high floor who has all the assets to excel in a top-4 defense.
It’s hard to say whether he really has the potential to be a #1 defenseman, but he’ll be able to play big minutes nonetheless.
This morning, Scott Wheeler published his ranking of the NHL’s top 50 prospects, and when we look at the list, we see that Reinbacher tops the list of CH prospects, ranked 20th.
My annual top 50 drafted NHL prospects ranking is out @TheAthletic!
Featuring nearly 20,000 words of analysis, 77 honorable mentions, player tiers, and more.
The full list: https://t.co/lVibHuV1LJ
– Scott Wheeler (@scottcwheeler) July 18, 2023
In his analysis of the Tricolore’s most recent first-round pick, Wheeler talks about Reinbacher as a guy who’s generally good at everything. Without necessarily being elite at anything, he’s a well-rounded guy who can do it all on the ice.
Wheeler, too, has his doubts about whether he’ll actually be a #1 defenseman, but he sees him excelling on a top-4 with the potential to be even better.
But beyond Reinbacher, the CH still looks good in the standings. Lane Hutson (27th) isn’t far behind, and the 77 honorable mentions include no less than four Habs (Owen Beck, Sean Farrell, Filip Mesar and Joshua Roy).
Juraj Slafkovský isn’t eligible since he made the jump to the NHL, but I think he’d be close to Shane Wright (14th) if he’d been ranked.
You could even say they stole the show → https://t.co/d4q2FXF5ww
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 7, 2023
That said, it’s still a ranking: just because Wheeler puts these guys ahead of Reinbacher doesn’t necessarily mean the CH made the wrong choice, it must be remembered.
In short, even if the CH only has one prospect in the top-20 (and he’s literally ranked 20th), the fact remains that it has an interesting number of good prospects. Now it’s just a matter of developing them.
In a gust
– What do you think?
Have the Maple Leafs found the winning recipe to go far in the playoffs? 👍👎 Auston Matthews and William Nylander will be free as a bird at the end of next season. pic.twitter.com/kS5JL7DZdW
– RDS (@RDSca) July 18, 2023
– Lukas Dostal’s contract details.
Lukas Dostal #FlyTogether
2 year contract $812,500 cap hit
2023-24: $775k NHL / $325k minors (Guaranteed $400k)
2024-25: $850k (1-way)https://t.co/Snl7rXUE6a
– CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 16, 2023
– Things could get moving in Toronto between now and the trade deadline.
The Blue Jays could be aggressive at the deadline. https://t.co/akIieLXtPa
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 18, 2023
– Another former FC Barcelona player heads to Miami.
Jordi Alba to join Messi at Inter Miami https://t.co/rgrmxFk2IA
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) July 18, 2023
– For those interested.