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Leafs coach confirms Rielly made the team

Sep 30, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs decided to keep blue-chip prospect Morgan Rielly with the team, at least for now, head coach Randy Carlyle confirmed to reporters including TSN’s David Alter.

Rielly, 19, was the fifth choice of the 2012 NHL Draft.

He scored 54 points in 60 games for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors* and also squeezed in 14 regular season and eight playoff contests with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL last season.

The Buds will need to decide whether they want to keep the scoring blueliner at the NHL level or send him back to the junior level after nine regular season contests.

As the Globe & Mail points out, Rielly is one of two rookies who made Toronto’s opening roster, as Carter Ashton is also in the mix. Ashton could very well get pushed out by David Clarkson, whose suspension will end just after that nine-game deadline.

* – Yup, Canadian junior team names are the greatest.

  1. withseidelinn - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Good for him. My sense is that they’ll play him in a staggered pattern of 9 games to keep him around longer.Once he gets sent back down he can gain a lot of confidence in the WHL for the remainder of the year and will also have the opportunity to play in the WJC. Should be a good year for the guy.

  2. spochiefsfan - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    “Hailing from, if I can read the card right… Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.”

  3. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Still love his dad’s reaction when he was drafted. Great when players get to play for the team they’re a fan of.

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