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02-19-2013, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by 7even View Post
Highly unlikely? Ehh. He still doesn't have an NHL shot, and his one-on-one defensive play is lackluster. And with so many quality defensemen on the Leafs right now that Gardiner can't even get a spot, Rielly will be hard pressed to get a starting spot out of camp unless he just plays out of his mind/someone else ***** the bed.

Which is absolutely fine; he's still right on track developmentally. Another year in junior isn't the end of the world. See Alex Pietrangelo.
Originally Posted by pooleboy View Post
i entirely agree with this, and wouldn't that give us another shot at seeing him in the wjc? redemtion?
+1 .. He's coming off a major injury shortened season too, I'd be ok with giving him another year in junior to develop his entire game .. Give him a full training camp in September and maybe a few games at the start of the year for the coaches to point out on the defensive things he should work on

The Leafs have plenty of depth on the blue line, they're even having trouble finding a spot for Gardiner to get into the line up .. So long as the team is winning and the defense is solid, it's better for his development to be playing big minutes in junior and leading Team Canada next WJC than playing select minutes in the NHL.

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