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.
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