I know Luke had his share of hardships and just got traded, but...
If Morgan Rielly does really well for the Leafs in training camp, could you see him staying with them this coming season? Personally, I think no matter how good he does, he should spend another year in the WHL, and maybe a year in the AHL.
Definitely not. Rielly's only played 1 and a bit seasons in the WHL. Especially after coming off that knee injury, he definitely would benefit from a year or two of tearing up the WHL and hopefully having a strong showing at the WJCs. Then we can judge whether some time is needed in the AHL or whether he can step right in with the Leafs.
No, offensive guys should be kept down a year (d-men) as opposed to defensive D.
Main reason why is because Luke was already a man at 18, he was 220+ pounds already and could hit and block shots. Rielly is 6 feet, 200 pounds, but kid needs to have a year of dominance in the WHL before he can get his confidence up after his injury and figure out his defensive game. If it was offense alone, this guy would be on our #1 PP dishing to Dion for a clapper.
No. Schenn was drafted as an NHL ready defenceman, with his size and having played a big role in the WJCs. Rielly doesn't have those same attributes and missed a bunch of this year due to injury. He's still very raw, plus the Leafs are loaded with puckmovers.
I think some of you are missing the OP's question. His question is if Rielly can do what Schenn did here, that is make the team out of training camp after getting drafted by them 3 months earlier. He is not trying to compare the players. So far all scouting reports point to no, regarding Rielly making the big club. When Schenn was drafted, he was pegged as the most NHL ready defensemen, the only one in this draft seems to Ryan Murray.