Dec 18, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT
It appears Morgan Rielly won’t be headed to his second straight World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Maple Leafs aren’t going to release Rielly for the annual U-20 tournament, GM Dave Nonis announced on Wednesday. The decision comes after great speculation about the rookie defenseman’s availability — especially after the Leafs recalled veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles last week — but it’s possible Rielly’s recent string of solid play played a role in him sticking with Toronto.
The 19-year-old scored his first NHL goal on Monday in a 3-1 defeat in Pittsburgh, then played 19:38 in last night’s 3-1 loss to Florida. Rielly has become a lineup regular over the last two weeks, playing in each of Toronto’s last five games after being a healthy scratch on a few occasions in early December.
With this decision, it appears Team Canada will have just one NHLer on its roster for the Worlds — Minnesota defenseman Mathew Dumba.
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