Morgan Rielly

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2012-03-22

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Morgan Rielly, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 197

Born: 1994-03-09

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Drafted: 2012 by Toronto Maple Leafs, 5th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2013 – He has done just enough at the right time to warrant Nonis to keep him on the NHL squad for the time being, but hasn’t shone bright enough to stay in the lineup every night. He has been scratched nine times this season and his offence has been sporadic at best with 11 points in 30 games. He shows glimpses of his potential which is very exciting, but his negative 12 rating is a bit frightening but not unexpected. Nonis decided against sending him to juniors as he felt he is learning and building more of his game with the Maple Leafs. Personally I felt the World Juniors could act as a mental reset for him to have a strong second half and would allow Nonis to give minutes while ‘showcasing’ his extra players. Since his last scratching he has 13 shots in eight games with a pair of points (including his first NHL goal) and a much better negative one rating. He is also seeing regular 18-19 minute nights. With the Leafs working on his defensive game, I would like to see him take more charge on the power-play where he currently only has five points. In single season fantasy leagues he is a not worth owning unless he can turn around his production on the man advantage, as we managers will accept his defensive faults if he will produce for us. Jason Banks

 

September 2013 – Rielly has done just about everything he can do to find himself on the Leafs’ opening night roster. Despite only producing a single assist he has shown excellent poise and puck movement with good awareness for when to jump into the rush. At the Maple Leafs’ ‘State of Leaf Nation’ address held for fans last week, Dave Nonis stood at a podium and stated “If Rielly doesn’t play a meaningful role, we will send him back to junior.” He does not seem ready to inherit a meaningful role yet, nor does one seem to be available right now. He is likely destine for junior again, but may have pushed just enough for a longer look but unlikely the full nine games. Even if he makes the club, fantasy managers will need to wait two or three seasons before his production becomes worthy of being utilized. Jason Banks

 

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May 2013 – Since stepping in from junior, Reilly was thrust into some prime minutes in the AHL to see if he could hang with the big boys. His production was rather poorer than expected with only three points in 14 games in the AHL, but he did accumulate 40 shots on goal, most of which were on the main power-play unit with Jake Gardiner recalled and veteran Paul Ranger on the shelf with injury. He has not shown a ‘Wow’ factor yet, but shows a puck-nerve and vision level that can be compared to long time leaf Tomas Kaberle. In the playoffs he has be placed in a reduced role as expected just gaining valuable experience. In game one, he took a rather large open ice hit after dishing a pass and admiring it with his head down, but he quickly recovered from the bone rattling check. Unless the Leafs open room for him on their core he will find himself back in the WHL which would likely be a positive in not activating his entry level contract yet and allow him to work on being more responsible and polished in his own end. Jason