LD Morgan Rielly - Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL (2012 Draft)
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09-26-2012, 07:50 PM
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Hes more likely to? No, I think he has a higher ceiling but you have no idea if he is going to reach it or not haha. Especially since his only full season in juniors was just meh, and his last season where he did well was cut extremely short
Stats wise his rookie season was 'meh' but you can look back to the very beginning of this thread. He was impressing many people including scouts and afterall, it was his rookie season as a defenseman in the WHL. He was terrific in the Ivaan Hlinka tournament and terrific in those 18 regular season games and terrific in the WHL playoffs, coming off a serious injury.
Where as Gardiner probably has a small ceiling but considering he has already made a solid impact at the NHL level he is more likely to reach that level haha.
How does Gardiner have a small ceiling? Lol
I swear the hype around Rielly is insane. He has practically done nothing beside be drafted...
He was a top 5 pick to a Canadian team. Especially the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's going to be hyped. Since being drafted he was spectacular in the prospect camp and terrific in the Canada-Russia challenge where he looked like Canada's best D along with Murray (over a ton of talent). He's also played some pre-season action and a couple games in the WHL this year where he was also great (small sample size I know).
He has played what, two games so far? And 20 in the last two seasons? Burke is on crack if he seriously thinks that.
it's not that outrageous. He's got NHL size (6'0.5" 200lbs) and NHL skill, his defensive game is also underrated. He's a strong kid but not very physical. Galchenyuk and Rielly are very unique players. Although they missed their draft season for the most part, they are gym rats with terrific character and work ethics with a ton of skill to boot. I'm sure if you ask people in the Habs organization or Habs fans, they'll tell you that Gally could have possibly made their team aswell. But, it would in my opinion be stupid to rush them
He's an excellent prospect.
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