NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs Select Morgan Rielly

By Jeff Zeffer

The Toronto Maple Leafs, General Manager and President Brian Burke, has selected Morgan Rielly with the fifth pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft Friday night in Pittsburgh.

This six-foot, 190-pound defenseman missed most of the 2011-12 season with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors because a torn ACL, but still collected 18 points (3-15) in 18 games, which by all means is expected by Rielly.

During 2010/11 season, Reilly led his Moose Jaw team in rookie scoring and was second among defencemen with 28 points (6-22-28) in 65 games.

As for Reilly’s skill set, he is an offensively skilled defenseman that plays a decent defensive game at the same time. Reilly is a gifted skater with great puck handling skills and a good shot, though not a very physical player

My personal thoughts about this selection is that I was surprised that Brian Burke went with a defensemen. I’m not saying we don’t need one, but with several young defensemen in the Marlies and on the Maple Leafs, we really needed a forward, better yet a center. Reilly is a great player, he is good at what he does and Reilly will be a great pairing with Dion Phaneuf. But a player such as Filip Forsberg, I feel fits the Maple Leafs needs better than Reilly at this time.

RantSports wants to know your thoughts on the Maple Leafs selection. Was Burke’s pick a good pick, bad pick or did he meet or didn’t meet the Maple Leafs needs with the first selection?

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