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11-15-2012, 01:26 AM
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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly was outstanding on defence Wednesday night, leading Team WHL to a 1-0 shootout win over Russia.
If Wednesday night is any indication, Brian Burke can start working on fancy superlatives for Morgan Rielly.
The Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman, a soon-to-be Burke protege with the Toronto Maple Leafs, juked, jived and jitterbugged around Russians galore in Team WHL’s 1-0 shootout win in Game 5 of the Subway Super Series at the Pacific Coliseum.
The series, which is pegged as a last audition for Canadian world junior team tryout spots, wraps up Thursday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
Team WHL outscored the Russians 3-0 in the best-of-five shoot-out round thanks to the goaltending of Laurent Brossoit and goals by Hunter Shinkaruk, Mark McNeill and Sam Reinhart and propelled the Canadians into a 3-2 series lead in the process.
Rielly is slated to be part of Thursday’s lineup, and, if the West Vancouver 18-year-old is on his game, he’s a treat to watch.
The 6-foot, 205 pounder, the fifth overall pick by Burke and Co. this summer, showed Wednesday a skill set that seemed like it came right out of Doug Flutie’s playbook in the quarterback’s prime. Rielly can make all the passes. Certainly. He can also improvise and scramble and leave opponents flailing at shadows.
He spent most of the game paired with Brandon Wheat King Ryan Pulock, and he didn’t seem to have any trouble defensively, thanks in part to an active stick. And he showed he could take a hit and come back when he was pulverized by Yaroslav Kosov in the second period.
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