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LD Morgan Rielly (2012, 5th overall, Toronto) II

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01-19-2013, 01:12 AM
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Reilly definitely wasnt ready this season and he might need a few more until I am comfortable with him playing the regular shift on our team. He needs to start being physical in his back end and that will take some time to develop.

He also needs to get his shot power and top speed up.

But otherwise, I think he will be an elite talent offensively. The way he can regularily cause chaos and break apart the opposing team's structure in the offensive zone is awesome and is a trait only a few players have.

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01-19-2013, 04:36 AM
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Watch out for a Luke break out year!
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I joke, I honestly do love the kid. But you just cant win in Toronto. Everything you do will be labeled a bust by uneducated fans/jealous rival fans of the game.

Rielly just needs his confidence back. When he realizes he can be the go to guy even on an NHL team, then you will see the actual skillset that he displays in Moose jaw.

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01-19-2013, 05:04 AM
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He [Rielly] also needs to get his shot power and top speed up.
Hahaha what? With all the areas a young D-man can improve, you chose quite possibly his best asset?!

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01-19-2013, 05:26 AM
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Hahaha what? With all the areas a young D-man can improve, you chose quite possibly his best asset?!
Why not? Stamkos said in an interview a while back, "you work 20% on your weaknesses to make them adequate and 80% on your strengths to make them exceptional"

I hope that was what the poster was implying rather than implying that Rielly's speed was in fact a weakness.

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01-19-2013, 12:41 PM
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Played pretty well last night.

Had an amazing assist as he sent a bullet stretch pass from his own faceoff dot to the far blueline, right on the tape, springing Fioretti on a breakaway on which he scored.

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01-19-2013, 12:46 PM
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Reilly definitely wasnt ready this season and he might need a few more until I am comfortable with him playing the regular shift on our team. He needs to start being physical in his back end and that will take some time to develop.

He also needs to get his shot power and top speed up.

But otherwise, I think he will be an elite talent offensively. The way he can regularily cause chaos and break apart the opposing team's structure in the offensive zone is awesome and is a trait only a few players have.
Rielly has NHL speed right now, his issues are physical maturity and experience.

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01-19-2013, 12:50 PM
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He has elite acceleration and agility but in terms of top end speed hes just fast. I.e tyler bozak speed but not phil kessel. At least thats what I saw in the subway series and the WJC's.

edit: i never said it wasnt nhl calibre but if I was management I would always ask for more if it wasnt already elite.


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01-19-2013, 01:13 PM
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I agree with that. His top end speed isnt as fast as people think.

Mind you I have always held that I would take agility and acceleration over raw speed and there is no doubt hes got that Jake Gardiner like mobility

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01-19-2013, 02:31 PM
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Played pretty well last night.

Had an amazing assist as he sent a bullet stretch pass from his own faceoff dot to the far blueline, right on the tape, springing Fioretti on a breakaway on which he scored.
I love his passes, so hard and accurate, really good vision too. He would already be a very good passer at the NHL level, and he'd be a very good puck handler too, so shifty. I'm happy with the decision to send him down, though, because he does have plenty to work on. His shot is mediocre, if anything will hold him back offensively I think that'll be it, if he could develop a high end shot it would make him so much more dangerous. He also obviously needs to work on his physicality and defensive game.

I'm confident he'll make the team within the next 1-2 seasons, he's not far off, and would probably have been serviceable this year.

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01-19-2013, 03:39 PM
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Reilly definitely wasnt ready this season and he might need a few more until I am comfortable with him playing the regular shift on our team. He needs to start being physical in his back end and that will take some time to develop.

He also needs to get his shot power and top speed up.

But otherwise, I think he will be an elite talent offensively. The way he can regularily cause chaos and break apart the opposing team's structure in the offensive zone is awesome and is a trait only a few players have.
Regarding his speed, only aspect missing from his skating is flames shooting from his skates.

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01-19-2013, 03:59 PM
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Regarding his speed, only aspect missing from his skating is flames shooting from his skates.
Agreed. That's the last thing that he NEEDS to improve. Defensive coverage is the number 1 thing he needs to work on. He's improved since the start of the season and will only continue to improve.

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01-25-2013, 10:50 PM
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Watched him play tonight and he looked unreal. Picked up 2 assists but aside from that he was outstanding. Loving this pick more and more each time I watch him play.

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01-25-2013, 10:53 PM
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He reminds me a LOT of Duncan Keith.

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01-25-2013, 10:56 PM
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He reminds me a LOT of Duncan Keith.
Noticed that when I watched Chicago the other day. They look very similar out there.

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I love his passes, so hard and accurate, really good vision too. He would already be a very good passer at the NHL level, and he'd be a very good puck handler too, so shifty. I'm happy with the decision to send him down, though, because he does have plenty to work on. His shot is mediocre, if anything will hold him back offensively I think that'll be it, if he could develop a high end shot it would make him so much more dangerous. He also obviously needs to work on his physicality and defensive game.

I'm confident he'll make the team within the next 1-2 seasons, he's not far off, and would probably have been serviceable this year.
I really want his defensive game to come up, I know his shot can if he works on it but I just want the defensive completeness of a prospect. I preach that way too much I know but it's needed.

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01-25-2013, 11:02 PM
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Watched him play tonight and he looked unreal. Picked up 2 assists but aside from that he was outstanding. Loving this pick more and more each time I watch him play.
He looked fantastic indeed. Warriors coach used him in all situations...Think he played about 30-35 minutes tonight, seems like he was out there all the time.

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01-25-2013, 11:23 PM
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He looked fantastic indeed. Warriors coach used him in all situations...Think he played about 30-35 minutes tonight, seems like he was out there all the time.
Yeah he logged big minutes tonight. Sending him back to moosejaw was a very smart move by the leafs management. Being used in every situation will really help him round out his already fantastic game.

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01-26-2013, 01:15 AM
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Yeah he logged big minutes tonight. Sending him back to moosejaw was a very smart move by the leafs management. Being used in every situation will really help him round out his already fantastic game.
Good to hear and I hope they do so and move forward.

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01-26-2013, 01:23 AM
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He reminds me of JM Liles

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01-26-2013, 06:07 AM
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He reminds me of JM Liles
Surprised he doesn't remind you of Lebda

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He reminds me of JM Liles
At least if u said better version Liles, then it would be somewhat fine but this proves u have never watched him play. First off, he is a much better skater then Liles, Rielly could literally fly, he is so damn explosive out there. Secondly, Rielly has a much better hockey IQ, nearly everytime he steps on the ice, u can see how smart he is, he makes some high-end plays without getting caught and he makes a lot of brilliant plays out of nothing. And lastly, Rielly is much bigger than Liles, Rielly is 6"0, I believe with a good amount of body weight at 200 pounds. Liles couldn't even hold Rielly's jock-strap at the same age.

This is no slight towards Liles as he is a very good d-man(top 4) but Rielly is few steps above him. His offensive game is top notch, he is playing in all situations for the Moose Jaw, and he is got an incredible Hockey IQ.

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At least if u said better version Liles, then it would be somewhat fine but this proves u have never watched him play. First off, he is a much better skater then Liles, Rielly could literally fly, he is so damn explosive out there. Secondly, Rielly has a much better hockey IQ, nearly everytime he steps on the ice, u can see how smart he is, he makes some high-end plays without getting caught and he makes a lot of brilliant plays out of nothing. And lastly, Rielly is much bigger than Liles, Rielly is 6"0, I believe with a good amount of body weight at 200 pounds. Liles couldn't even hold Rielly's jock-strap at the same age.

This is no slight towards Liles as he is a very good d-man(top 4) but Rielly is few steps above him. His offensive game is top notch, he is playing in all situations for the Moose Jaw, and he is got an incredible Hockey IQ.
Huh?

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At least if u said better version Liles, then it would be somewhat fine but this proves u have never watched him play. First off, he is a much better skater then Liles, Rielly could literally fly, he is so damn explosive out there. Secondly, Rielly has a much better hockey IQ, nearly everytime he steps on the ice, u can see how smart he is, he makes some high-end plays without getting caught and he makes a lot of brilliant plays out of nothing. And lastly, Rielly is much bigger than Liles, Rielly is 6"0, I believe with a good amount of body weight at 200 pounds. Liles couldn't even hold Rielly's jock-strap at the same age.

This is no slight towards Liles as he is a very good d-man(top 4) but Rielly is few steps above him. His offensive game is top notch, he is playing in all situations for the Moose Jaw, and he is got an incredible Hockey IQ.
Wow slow down there. Liles has had three 45+ point seasons. That's damn impressive. If Rielly can put up those kind of point totals, albeit a little more consistently, I'll be ecstatic.

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