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Canadiens draft Austrian defenceman David Reinbacher with No. 5 choose

GM Kent Hughes takes a go on Russian winger Matvei Michkov, who finally ends up going to the Philadelphia Flyers with the No. 7 choose.

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Canadiens normal supervisor Kent Hughes stated he would do loads of homework on Russian ahead Matvei Michkov earlier than deciding whether or not he would choose the Russian winger with the No. 5 total choose if he was nonetheless out there at Wednesday night time’s NHL Draft in Nashville.

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Michkov was nonetheless out there at No. 5 and Hughes determined to not take the 5-foot-10, 172-pound winger, who had 9/11-20 totals in 30 video games final season within the KHL break up between St. Petersburgh and Sochi.

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As an alternative, the Canadiens chosen Austrian defenceman David Reinbacher, who’s 6-foot-2 and 185 kilos. Michkov ended up going to the Philadelphia Flyers with the No. 7 choose.

Reinbacher, a right-hand shot, had 3-19-22 totals in 46 video games final season with Kloten HC within the Swiss-A league. Reinbacher was ranked fifth amongst worldwide skaters by NHL Central Scouting, whereas Michkov was ranked second behind Swedish centre Leo Carlsson, who went to the Anaheim Geese with the No. 2 choose after the Chicago Blackhawks took Connor Bedard at No. 1.

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The Canadiens had Carey Value make the announcement of their first-round choose on the stage at Bridgestone Area and the goaltender who stays on long-term injured reserve with a knee damage that has possible ended his profession appeared to overlook Reinbacher’s final identify.

“Bonsoir,” Value stated. “Les Canadiens de Montréal are proud to pick David ….”

After a really awkward pause and a chuckle, Hughes stepped in and helped Value, saying: “We deliberate it that means … David Reinbacher.”

The choose was a shock — and never simply to Value.

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Reinbacher joins Thomas Vanek because the highest-picked Austrian participant on the NHL Draft. The Buffalo Sabres took Vanek, a ahead, with the No. 5 choose on the 2003 draft. Vanek had a brief stint with the Canadiens in the course of the 2013-14 season after being acquired earlier than the NHL commerce deadline. Reinbacher was thought of to be the very best defenceman out there within the draft.

As anticipated, the Blackhawks took Bedard with the No. 1 total choose. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound centre is taken into account to be a generational expertise after posting 71-72-143 totals in 57 video games final season with the WHL’s Regina Pats.

“That is unimaginable,” Bedard, who grew up in North Vancouver as a Canucks fan, informed Sportsnet’s Caroline Cameron after being chosen by the Blackhawks. “Simply being right here with my household it’s a dream come true. To be chosen by Chicago, a storied franchise there, I can’t wait to get to work.”

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Bedard was ranked the No. 1 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.

With the No. 2 choose, the Geese took the 6-foot-3, 198-pound Carlsson, who had 10-15-25 totals in 44 video games final season with Orebro HK of the Swedish Elite League.

With the No. 3 choose, the Columbus Blue Jackets took Adam Fantilli, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound centre who had 30-35-65 totals in 36 video games final season with the College of Michigan. Fantilli was ranked second amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

With the No. 4 choose, the San Jose Sharks took Will Smith, a 6-foot, 181-pound centre who had 51-76-127 totals in 60 video games final season with the U.S. Nationwide Growth Workforce. Smith is headed to Boston School subsequent season.



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