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Morgan Rielly | Defenseman

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (20) / 3/9/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
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One player who has benefited from the coaching change in Toronto is young defenseman Morgan Rielly.
In the last few weeks of former coach Randy Carlyle's reign, Rielly was sometimes a healthy scratch and when he did play received between 17-19 minutes of playing time. In the two games since interim coach Peter Horachek has taken over, Rielly's ice time has increased to an average of 22 minutes per game. Just something to keep an eye on. Jan 10 - 11:53 AM

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Morgan Rielly returned to the Leafs' lineup in their 5-4 win over the Rangers on Saturday.

In a surprising move, Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle made Rielly a healthy scratch in Denver on Thursday. "I told him, hang in there," said Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner. "It happens to most guys in this league. He’s a pro and a pretty positive guy." The 20-year-old has one goal and four points in 13 games this season.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Morgan Rielly produced two assists in Toronto's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Tuesday.

He also posted six shots in the contest to give him 25 on the season. Rielly has one goal and four points in nine games.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Morgan Rielly netted a goal in Toronto's opener against Montreal.

He jumped into the rush frequently and registered three shots on goal in the Leafs' 4-3 loss. Rielly's goal was a bit flukey, as it bounced off a Montreal player in front of the net, but for the most part he made good on his promise to be more active in the offensive zone.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Morgan Rielly intends to shoot more this season.

He recorded two goals on 96 shots during his rookie campaign, while admitting that elected to pass more than he should have. "I spent some time this off-season working on my shot," said Rielly. "When I get a chance to shoot it, I might do that a bit more often than I did last year." The sophomore defender should make positive strides in 2014-15.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 05:13:00 PM

Morgan Rielly is prepared to receive some tough love from coach Randy Carlyle.

"I can expect it. I don't take it personally if he gets angry at me, if that's the word you want to use," said the sophomore defender. "But I try to use it to get better because I know he's trying to get me to be a better player. I'm ready for it." Rielly had two goals and 27 points in 73 games during his rookie campaign and expectations are higher for him in 2014-15. He has outstanding potential as an offensive defenseman, but he may not be ready for a pick up in standard leagues just yet.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Morgan Rielly is likely ticketed for a top-four role next season.

The Leafs dealt Carl Gunnarsson to the Blues for Roman Polak on Saturday. Rielly spent most of last season on the bottom pair, but is due for an elevated role in his second season. The 20-year-old had 27 points in 73 games last year, mostly playing on his off side. "We are hoping that he improves next year," said general manager DaveNonis. "He may not. He might go through a year where he's not quite ready to go up the lineup, but we're comfortable that he's going to get there and he's going to be an impact player and we're going to give him an opportunity to do that."
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 05:33:00 PM

Morgan Rielly will suit up for Team Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships next month.

The rookie defender recorded two goals and 27 points in 73 games this season.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 08:26:00 AM

Morgan Rielly registered an assist in a 4-2 defeat on Saturday.

Rielly has been one of the positives the Maple Leafs can take from a season that's turned sour fast. The 20-year-old rookie has two goals and 26 points in 67 games this season.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 11:11:00 AM

Morgan Rielly scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over Buffalo.

He gave the Leafs a 3-2 lead at the time. "Obviously when you go in a bit of a drought in terms of scoring it's always nice to get one.," said the rookie defenseman. "I think I was just happy to give the team a lead and it was a big play in the game but again, I'm just happy the team won." Rielly has plenty of offensive potential and he's generated 13 points in 40 games. He still makes rookie mistakes out there, but as he gets more experience they should occur less and less.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 10:48:00 AM

Morgan Rielly will not join Team Canada for the World Juniors.

The Toronto Maple Leafs seemed to seriously consider letting him compete, but ultimately opted to keep him. He has 10 points and is averaging 17:58 minutes in 27 games this season.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:11:00 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are still debating whether or not to loan Morgan Rielly to Team Canada for the World Junior Championships.

"We're going to have a tough decision here, that's for sure," said coach Randy Carlyle. Rielly scored his first NHL goal in Monday's loss to Pittsburgh and the rookie blueliner has 10 points in 26 games with Toronto this season. The club's decision should be coming shortly.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 07:31:00 AM

Morgan Rielly scored his first career NHL goal in Toronto's 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Monday.

The young rearguard potted a power play goal to tie the score at 1-1 in the second period of the game. He has recorded 10 points in 26 games for the campaign to-date.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 10:07:00 PM

Morgan Rielly was back in Toronto's lineup Wednesday night versus Los Angeles.

He was a healthy scratch for three straight games prior to Wednesday's return. Rielly was paired with Jake Gardiner against the Kings and the tandem had a very strong showing. The Leafs still have until next week to decide if they will loan Rielly to Team Canada for the World Junior Championships.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 10:30:00 AM

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star believes that the Leafs should loan Morgan Rielly to Canada's World Junior squad.

He can play against top players in his age group and regain some confidence. Rielly owns a team-worst minus-11 rating and he has nine assists in 22 games. A trip to Sweden could do him some good. John-Michael Liles or T.J. Brennan are two potential replacements who could be recalled to take his place.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 08:38:00 AM

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C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Peter Holland
4Mike Santorelli
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Daniel Winnik
3David Booth
4Trevor Smith
RW1Phil Kessel
2Joffrey Lupul
3David Clarkson
4Leo Komarov
5Richard Panik
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Cody Franson
3Jake Gardiner
4Morgan Rielly
5Stephane Robidas
6Roman Polak
7Korbinian Holzer
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer