Montreal Canadiens: Predicting Habs 2025-26 Defense Pairings

Oct 28, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Kaiden Guhle (21) kneels on the ice beside defenseman Justin Barron (52) during warm-up before the game against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Kaiden Guhle (21) kneels on the ice beside defenseman Justin Barron (52) during warm-up before the game against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 30, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Reinbacher. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Reinbacher. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /

Lane Hutson – David Reinbacher

Lane Hutson is one of the most exciting prospects to be drafted by the Canadiens in recent memory. He is perhaps the most agile skater to ever play college hockey as he just darts from one direction to the next like a young deer trying to scamper across a highway.

Except Hutson is in full control and just breaks the ankles of his opponents as they are sure he is heading one way before he uses another set of head fakes and dekes and then just suddenly shoots across the ice in another direction.

He has been pretty much impossible to stop and has already scored eight goals as well as eight assists in 13 games with Boston University this season. He continues to grow, both literally and figuratively, and is inching closer to six feet while scoring at a 1.23 points per game pace.

While Hutson’s offensive game is exceptional, his defensive game is still a work in progress. He isn’t awful in his own end, but he will need a smart, defensively responsible partner which will allo Hutson the freedom to carry the puck and join the rush when he chooses.

Enter David Reinbacher who was drafted in the first round with the fifth overall selection last spring. He is also labelled as a very smart defender who gets things done without error in his own zone and shuts things down defensively. He adds some offensive punch as well but his focus will be defense at the NHL level and he should turn in to the perfect partner for Hutson when they two make the leap to the NHL.