Mature and well-rounded defender who processes the game at a high level. More substance than flash but projects as a reliable top-four NHL defenseman.
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September 2023 – It was a tough prospect tournament for Reinbacher. Going in with very high expectations, many were disappointed by his hesitance and inefficiency in the offensive zone. There were highlights, mostly in his scanning and defensive awareness, but there are significant things he will need to work on to reach his pure potential of becoming a top-pairing NHL defenseman. His stick-handling is one of his weakest traits, with very little dynamism coming from his top arm. He has trouble adjusting to breakout play, and passes will often die on his stick. Considering this was his first time playing on North American ice, things could have been worse, but he will need to have a big development year back in Switzerland with Kloten. Aaron Itovitch
June 2023 – Reinbacher has been selected 5th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2023 NHL Draft. Curtis Rines
April 2023 – David Reinbacher has flown up the charts since the beginning of the season accumulating 22 points in 46 games with EHC Kloten. He is an intriguing right-handed defenseman in a draft that lacks defensive star power and provides a very projectable toolbox as a middle-pairing defenseman with powerplay ability. Reinbacher doesn’t have elite skating or passing ability but he is super efficient in both aspects. He processes the game well and uses his edgework in tight spaces to shift into better positions or can find lanes quickly with his good playmaking ability. His shot and shot selection stand out as a key component in his offensive potential and could be his ticket to quarterbacking a power play at the pro level.
He is defensively responsible with great awareness and solid off-puck reads. Reinbacher can move bodies in front but he still needs to learn how to leverage his big frame during board play and one-on-one battles for puck possession. He looks like a defenceman who has a high defensive IQ and will improve with specific skill training at the higher level. What he lacks is dynamism. He is a solid top-4 projectable D man but is missing those elite qualities to be considered in the top-10. With that being said, he has the potential to be a staple for any team in the top-4 and has the aptitude to improve tremendously in all parts of his game (much like he did this season). Sasha Lagarde
December 2022 – Reinbacher is a very rare first-time draft eligible to be playing top-four minutes in an excellent pro league in Switzerland, where he has produced half a point per game. Surprisingly, he has gotten relatively little attention in the scouting sphere.
Reinbacher does lack the high-end upside that makes other defenders in this class special, but he is a very intelligent two-way defenseman with good tools. He layers deception into his movements and diffuses pressure very well in single-variable situations. He scans very well both with and without the puck and is one of the quicker processors among the class’ defenders. He is also a competent powerplay quarterback in a good pro league, not due to any elite skill but rather his calculated and effective puck movement, his excellent shot selection (he shoots for rebounds consistently and doesn’t gift away possession), and his deception. Defensively, he lacks physical strength and overcommits on stick checks when defending speedy wingers on the rush, but he sticks to his assignment well and is effective at forcing play away from the slot during extended in-zone possessions. As a whole, Reinbacher projects as a middle-pairing defender who lacks an elite standout skill but whose modern style and well-rounded game will make him one of the first defensemen from this class to see NHL action. Sebastian High
|2016-2017||Rheintal II U15||U15-Top||6||4||5||9||4||||
|Swiss Eastern Selects||QC Int PW||2||0||0||0||2||||
|Rheintal U15||U15-Elit Q||-||-||-||-||-|||||Qualification||4||1||4||5||2|
|Rheintal II U15||U15-Top||1||0||0||0||0||||
|Austria U18||WJC-18 D1B||5||0||1||1||0||||
|Austria U20||WJC-20 Cancelled||2||0||1||1||0||||