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Puck-mover Rielly goes fifth overall to Leafs

Jun 22, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

Morgan Rielly

The Toronto Maple Leafs passed over the likes of Mikhail Grigorenko and Filip Forsberg with the fifth pick of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, instead selecting defenseman Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL).

Rielly suffered a torn ACL during the 2011-12 season and was able to appear in just 18 games, scoring three goals and adding 15 assists. According to McKeen’s, he’s a “tremendous puck-handler who dips and darts in and out of traffic” and should help a Toronto back end that’s been criticized for its lack of puck-moving ability.

For Rielly’s draft profile, click here.

  1. craigmaitland - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Enjoy the marlies.. Leafs will bury you there for way too long.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Not likely. The big club needs all the help on D it can get. Look how long it took Gardiner to become a mainstay on the blueline.

      Still, I’m not sure why they didn’t pick Forsberg. Leafs need more scoring as badly as they need D.

  2. billsin20xx - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    What a jerk Burke is. On national tv he had to make a big deal out of that he instructed Rielly that the laff’s don’t allow draft picks to wear baseball hats, they don’t want their faces hidden!
    What a pompous ass. Keep up the great laff’s traditions, it’s working great for you so far.

  3. habsman - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    This just in:

    Burke has trade the Leafs first pick Morgan Rielly to the Boston Bruins for Shawn Thornton.

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