Thread: Prospect Info: Morgan Rielly discussion thread.
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11-24-2012, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by GordieHoweHatTrick View Post
No. I'd give him 9 games to get his feet wet if he had an 82-game schedule but thats not going to happen. I think he should play the season out in MJ as he missed almost an entire year of development last season. Build strength in his legs and confidence playing with guys his own age group and once he dominates those kids he can play in the NHL next season
I agree with this. If it were the full season and there were to be a "normal" training camp I would say let him come and let him play a few NHL games (if he seemed ready for it)...but at this point I'd just let him play out the year in jr.

Any thoughts on his chances of getting invited to the IIHF WC this year? I know Murray got a bit of time last year (although, only b/c someone else got injured). Toews and Eberle also got to play before they made the NHL.

Originally Posted by LeafsRReady View Post
Why would we want to expose the first truly elite prospect we've had in the last 20 years to a bunch of players that would be lucky to make most other teams AHL squad. (please note sarcasm here)

Whether it's just the training camp or also the ensuing 9 games, Rielly's development would be greatly enhanced by having quality players around him to play with and against. As other posters have said the first priority is the WJC where the level of competition would truly push him, then the TC of the Leafs, and then perhaps 9 games. Finally, if at all possible he should be traded to a better WHL team.

EDIT: Unless he clearly demonstrates he is the next coming of Bobby Orr, he should go back to junior as he's worth a lot more to the Leafs 7 years down the road for a full season than a half season this year as an 18 year old.
I'm surprised we haven't heard more about him getting traded (or perhaps I just haven't heard it). MJ is a bad team and he probably won't be back next year anyway. I'm sure there are a number of teams who'd like to have him to help on a Memorial Cup run...and MJ could get something back to help with a rebuild.

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