Morgan Rielly confirms he will make his NHL debut tonight.
Earlier in the week Rielly was working with Jake Gardniner, but he will start tonight's game with Cody Franson as his partner. He has all the tools of an emerging offensive-defenseman. He is a great skater who moves the puck effectively. His play in his own zone still needs some work but for all fantasy purposes he is good. He had 12 goals and 42 assists (54 points) in 60 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) last season.
Source: David Alter 10/5/13, 7:39 am EST
WIth Mark Fraser on long-term IR, Morgan Rielly will make his NHL debut tomorrow in Toronto.
Rielly will make his debut with Jake Gardiner as his D-partner. That is a high-powered, offensive duo that should be able to produce for the Leafs. If Rielly can get off to a hot-start with Fraser on IR, he could stick with the team.
Source: David Alter 10/4/13, 7:19 am EST
Morgan Rielly could make his NHL debut on Saturday.
Rielly sat in each of the Maple Leafs first two games of the season but could play on Saturday. Mark Fraser was seen leaving the arena on crutches last night, which opens a spot on the blueline for the 19-year-old.
It appears as if Morgan Rielly will open the season with the Maple Leafs. Rielly emerged as the big story out of camp — a 19-year-old defenceman who stole the show from veterans like John-Michael Liles and Korbinian Holzer, both of whom were placed on waivers Sunday.
Rielly led all Leafs in ice time in the final tune-up game Saturday, as management took one long, last look at him before making their decision. While the roster has not been submitted yet, it appears Rielly will remain in Toronto for at least nine games, the limit before the clock starts ticking on the first year of his entry-level contract.
Carlyle on Rielly: "We're not afraid to play an 18-year-old in the NHL."
If you are in a deep keeper league, Rielly could be good to stash this season.