If scouts had seen the offensive side of his game before the draft there is no way he falls to us at 9. The book on Jacob was a safe, defense first Dman. Then he goes to the WJC and UM and shows that his offensive game is well above average. Will it translate? Who knows, but at this point I don't see why it wouldn't (Though UM plays a funky style).
At the time, I thought Reilly was a reach. Not cause he went to the Leafs, I just thought he was better suited to the 7-11 range to be drafted.
Either way, I'm happy the Leaf fans are happy with their player.
Both franchises seem happy.
I just know that if the Jets traded Trouba for Rielly straight up, I'd be furious.
I think it's too early to say who will be the better player in the long run. I really like Rielly's upside due to his great skating and skill-set. But at this point in their development, I think that Trouba has performed better at the higher levels of competition (WJHC, World Hockey Championships, NCAA). Although Rielly projects as a better offensive D-man, Trouba hasn't been a slouch. His goals-per-game were about 50% higher than Rielly's as an NCAA Freshman vs. CHL 3rd year player, and his PPG wasn't that far behind. It's a small sample size, but Trouba also scored at a much higher clip in the 2013 WJHC.
I would love to have Rielly in our prospect pool, but at this point I think the evidence suggests that Trouba is the better prospect.