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Morgan Rielly's 2013-2014 Season

View Poll Results: Where should Morgan Rielly play next season?
WHL (Moose Jaw or otherwise) 157 66.81%
NHL (Maple Leafs) 78 33.19%
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05-21-2013, 05:20 PM
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Morgan Rielly's 2013-2014 Season

Since the Leafs' season has ended, we can begin to look forward to next year.

In your opinion, do you believe Morgan Rielly should be returned to Moose Jaw to play another year in the WHL, or do you believe he is ready to become a full-time NHL player?

*Rielly will be unable to play a full season in the AHL due to not meeting the minimum age requirement to do so.


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He's looked pretty good at the AHL level.

The only enticing thing about junior is the chance to play at the World Juniors again in a larger role for the team.

Can he play AHL and the World Juniors?

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He's looked pretty good at the AHL level.

The only enticing thing about junior is the chance to play at the World Juniors again in a larger role for the team.

Can he play AHL and the World Juniors?
He is not eligible to play in the AHL next year as he will only be 19 years old. He will need to wait for his WHL season to end. I will clarify this in the opening post.

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He's looked pretty good at the AHL level.

The only enticing thing about junior is the chance to play at the World Juniors again in a larger role for the team.

Can he play AHL and the World Juniors?
His realistic options are:

1. NHL
2. WHL + WJ + AHL End of Seasons

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05-21-2013, 05:30 PM
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WHL. Although he has played well at the AHL level, he has not dominated. Further development and experience in the WHL then to the AHL for the playoffs again hopefully will do nothing to hurt his growth. Patience .

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His realistic options are:

1. NHL
2. WHL + WJ + AHL End of Seasons
Oh ok thanks. I like option 2 better.

He's still a kid. Let him be one, with his peers.

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I think he should stay with the big club for the 7 games then return to juniors for the WJC etc. that is unless he plays out of this world, which isn't out the realm of possibility. This kid has a good chance to make it IMO. Just can't be shy.

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I think he should stay with the big club for the 7 games then return to juniors for the WJC etc. that is unless he plays out of this world, which isn't out the realm of possibility. This kid has a good chance to make it IMO. Just can't be shy.
This, assuming he has a good camp it won't hurt to give him a couple games. That's the only way we'll really know how he can compete at an NHL level. If he happens to be physically ready for it, great.

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There's no need to rush Rielly along. We have something special in him and I'm afraid that rushing him to the NHL will be detrimental. If he stays in the WHL, he'll have his season with the Warriors, and the WJC, then possibly with the Marlies at the end. The possibility is also there for him to be traded by the Warriors next season and if he is, he will most likely be traded to a contender. The possibility of a Memorial Cup is there as well. Keeping him in the WHL will only benefit him.

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05-21-2013, 05:52 PM
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WHL, let him develop another year.

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05-21-2013, 05:55 PM
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Tricky situation. He's absolutely dominated in the WHL, but I don't know if he's NHL ready. You don't want to rush him, but you don't want him developing bad habits either.

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Bad habits can form anywhere so I don't think management should worry about a huge change in his game unless its self-induced.

It would really solve a few problems (but create a couple new ones) if Rielly were to make the team out of training camp and be suitable to play in the NHL.

A part of me thinks that he's just too inexperienced defensively to play the role Carlyle would expect of him. However, the new NHL has created an environment where young defenders can now thrive instead of simply being thrown to the wolves. He would have to play with someone who can anchor the point but be a rock defensively.

The other part of me thinks he should just play on the Leafs and mature with the big club rather than assuming he might with Moose Jaw; management could then keep a closer eye on him and give him help that will allow him to succeed immediately, rather than a year or two from now.

Basically, if he earns it, he should play; but he really has to earn it, and basically be too good to pass up on.

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Tricky situation. He's absolutely dominated in the WHL, but I don't know if he's NHL ready. You don't want to rush him, but you don't want him developing bad habits either.
I could see him getting traded to a contender in the WHL so he might benefit from that experience as well

Looking at guys like Kindl from Detroit, he took a long time to get there but should be a mainstay on the Wings blueline for the next 8 plus years with his skating abilities

IMO, no need to rush Reilly, give him as much time as he needs

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That AHL rule needs to be revised to 19.

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How can we answer that question in May? As of today I'd say back to the WHL, but what happens if he trains his ass off this summer and is the best player at camp in September? He has a pro skill set, so if he puts on 10 pounds of muscle in 3 months he could easily be ready to play in the NHL. Who knows?

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Would definitely give him a few games to see how he plays.

But will probably get another year of junior. Though in that case I hope the Warriors trade him since spending another year being the only good player on a terrible team can't help his development that much.

I agree we just have to see where he is in the fall. If he's ready, he's ready. The right thing to do is different for everyone.

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Too bad he isn't on a legit team in the WHL.

Ideal scenario would be solid run on a top WHL team, WJ with prominent role, then AHL playoffs when available.

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People need to stop using the term "rushing".

He's not being rushed if he's ready.

BTW, he can play in the WJC even if he's in the NHL

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His realistic options are:

1. NHL
2. WHL + WJ + AHL End of Seasons
Second almost seems like a no brainer. Isn't it also possible for him to play 9 nhl games then go to the whl then world juniors and then finish off in the ahl or nhl (I know it will burn a year of his contract)

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See how he does in camp and then re-assess.

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That AHL rule needs to be revised to 19.
Or at least make first rounders exempt from it. AHL would be ideal for Morgan next year.

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I think it is all up to Rielly. He could have a great camp and give the leafs no choice. Protected minutes on the third pairing and PP time might be in his future.

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I think he's one of those players who are too good for Junior, but not necessarily ready for the big show. Similar to a guy like Scheifele from this past season.

Pietrangelo played I think 1.5 seasons in Junior after being drafted before coming up, so I wouldnt see a problem with him staying down, hopefuly dominating the WJCs.

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People need to stop using the term "rushing".

He's not being rushed if he's ready.

BTW, he can play in the WJC even if he's in the NHL
That never happens though, the only chance Rielly has of going to the WJC as an NHL player is if he isn't a mainstay on the roster or is scratched most nights, maybe getting spot duty on the bottom pairing.

No NHL team will let a useful player leave the team to play in the WJC. If Rielly is playing well and getting consistent ice-time, he's not going anywhere.

Even the Bruins didn't let Seguin go in his rookie year despite the fact that he was playing on the 3rd line.

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Or at least make first rounders exempt from it. AHL would be ideal for Morgan next year.
To add, it would be nice if they incorporated some sort of exceptional status regarding recently drafted prospects to make the jump to professional hockey, although it takes away the star players from the juniors which is what these teams markets strive on. There's not really much to look at in Moose Jaw if Rielly isn't there, right?

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