Leafs' first-round pick Rielly enjoying whirlwind summer
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08-31-2012, 01:47 AM
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Hard to tell what player will make it and what won't when they're at such a young age.
However Hockey IQ and really good skating are a great indicator that they will at least be decent at the NHL level.
It's those big project players that only pan out a small amount of the time.
Percy has great hockey IQ(Not sure on his skating), Rielly has fantastic skating and IQ.
Probably the biggest thing holding some players back is skating, look at guys like Mark fraser, great stay at home d-man, but his skating is poor.
Jesse Blacker is still a toss-up for me, I wanna see him get a call-up as I'm not sure on him yet. Finn is also a long ways away.
Either way we have a tonne of defensive prospect depth and it's a fair prediction to say Phaneuf, Gardiner and Rielly will be making up 3/4ths of our top 4 within a couple years.
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