It has not been a banner day when it comes to the health of players in the Montreal Canadiens organization, but there is some good news when it comes to David Reinbacher’s injury. More on that later in the article.
The day started with the Canadiens announcing that centre Kirby Dach, one of the most important players on the NHL roster, would miss an indeterminate number of games with a long-term injury.
It’s a big blow to the team, which was hoping to enjoy a little more luck in the health department this season. The Canadiens recently revamped their medical team, a consequence of being the most injured team two seasons in a row.
The Laval Rocket then announced that top prospect Emil Heineman also suffered a serious upper-body injury. There’s been no update to the recovery time frame, but he’s currently listed as being out indefinitely.
L’attaquant Emil Heineman (blessure au haut du corps) sera tenu à l’écart du jeu indéfiniment.
Forward Emil Heineman (upper-body) is out indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/olQpFtdPoY
— Rocket de Laval (@RocketLaval) October 16, 2023
Fortunately, there was some good news on the injury front, relatively speaking.
David Reinbacher, the Canadiens’ fifth overall pick at the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, suffered a lower-body injury while playing for Kloten EHC in the NL.
Reinbacher was driven into the boards awkwardly, which resulted in the 18-year-old defenceman missing the rest of the game against HC Fribourg-Gottéron.
Reinbacher’s injury is not overly serious, and according to TVA’s Anthony Martineau, the Canadiens prospect will require some physiotherapy to rehab his knee.
He’s expected to miss between one and three weeks, great news for all concerned, especially Kloten. I had an opportunity to watch them play without Reinbacher while the Canadiens prospect was in Montreal taking part in the team’s training camp, and I have to say the overall play of the team left something to be desired.
Reinbacher has played three games for Kloten this year, registering an empty net goal during the opening game of the season.
David Reinbacher vient tout juste d'obtenir les résultats d'une IRM.
Bonne nouvelle: aucune fracture. Il ressent toutefois de la douleur et devra suivre des traitements de physiothérapie.
On parle actuellement d'une absence d'1 à 3 semaines, selon les progrès.
— Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) October 16, 2023