Reway was Montreal's fourth-rounder in the 2013 draft (The Canadian Press)After wearing No. 44 last season as a Gatineau Olympiques rookie, Martin Reway switched his digits to 98 — one away from Gretzky and two away from perfect.
It was a bold and brash broadside from the Montreal Canadiens fourth-round draft pick, who has been backing it up with some entertaining high-speed derring-do for the contending 'Piques.
Reway's latest gem came on Wednesday, when he was far and away the best player on the ice in a win over Tampa Bay Lightning lottery pick Jonathan Drouin and the Halifax Mooseheads. The signature moment came on the game's first goal. The 18-year-old Reway, who played for the Czech Republic in last season's world junior championship, intercepted a point pass to get a breakaway. At the other end, he made a spinning no-look pass that teammate Taylor Burke popped in for a sweet short-handed goal.
Not bad for someone who was a quote-unquote fallback selection for the Canadiens at the draft in Newark, N.J., on June 30. The story goes that the Canadiens were hoping to draft P.K. Subban's brother, Belleville Bulls defenceman Jordan Subban, with the No. 116 overall pick. The Vancouver Canucks acquired the younger Subban one selection earlier, so they took Reway.
Time will tell how that flash and finesse carries over to the pro level. In the here and now, Reway is fun to watch.
When do you see anyone go top cheddar with a backhand from 10 feet out anymore?
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