Coming into this season, every Toronto Maple Leafs fan expected number-one defenceman Morgan Rielly to be his usual offensively-capable skater, but he took it to a whole new level for his 2018-19 season.
A mostly-unknown prospect when the Leafs took him at fifth overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Rielly has developed into a powerhouse offensive defenceman that fits perfectly into what style the club wants to play.
Joining the rush with the ability to make tape-to-tape passes or put the puck into the back of the net himself, the 25-year-old blue liner will make opposing defences sweat when he’s on the ice.
If he’s able to fix his other side of the game, there’s no doubt that he will be in the conversation for top defencemen in the entire NHL.
Scoring a career-high 20 goals and 72 points, Rielly really showed every Leafs fan and the hockey world in general where he lies in the echelon of defencemen in the NHL.
In his sixth NHL season, he’s considered a veteran player now, as weird as that sounds. His prescence on the ice could not go unnoticed this season, hitting that goal mark and contributing so …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation