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06-23-2012, 12:15 AM
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Like the pick for you guys. Great player. As some of you know, I started the thread and my thoughts haven't changed much since then. Fantastic stuff.

My stuff on Rielly:
As mentioned, his offensive ability is right near the top of the class in regards to blueliners. He had 18 points in 18 games before being hurt this year and was well on his way to improving on his career high of 28 points, set as a 16 year old last year.

Away from the puck he had also grown leaps and bounds. As a 16 year old he often looked pretty lost in his own zone, running around a bit and losing one on one battles. That seemed to change this year. He's got a great stick and was really learning to use his added strength more to go along with his improving positioning.

There's no doubt that when it's all said and done and some team drafts Rielly inside the top 10-12 in the NHL draft, they are going to get a hell of a player. He might not have the poise of Ryan Murray or the explosiveness of Mathew Dumba, but he's a great offensive defenceman who was well on his way to proving himself in his own zone.

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