|Assets:||Is a tremendous skater and possesses excellent offensive instincts for the game. At times, he can act as a fourth forward on the ice. Also knows how to run a power play effectively.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have ideal size for the National Hockey League game, so he must get physically stronger and prove capable of effectively defending against bigger professional forwards.|
|Career Potential:||Mobile, talented offensive defenseman with big upside.|
|WHL||East First All-Star Team||2012-13|
|1/18/2013||Returned to his junior team (Moose Jaw-WHL).|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Moose Jaw (WHL).|
|9/15/2012||Returned to his junior team (Moose Jaw-WHL).|
|8/03/2012||Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/22/2012||Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1st round (5th overall) in 2012.|
Morgan Rielly to play for Canada at WHC | 04/16/2014 8:26 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly will suit up for Team Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships next month.
ImpactThe rookie defender recorded two goals and 27 points in 73 games this season.
Morgan Rielly has 26 points in 2013-14 | 03/30/2014 11:11 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly registered an assist in a 4-2 defeat on Saturday.
ImpactRielly 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.
Morgan Rielly scores in win over Sabres | 01/16/2014 10:48 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over Buffalo.
ImpactHe 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.
Morgan Rielly will stick with the Maple Leafs | 12/18/2013 12:11 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly will not join Team Canada for the World Juniors.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThe 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.
Leafs face tough choice with Morgan Rielly | 12/17/2013 7:31 AM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs are still debating whether or not to loan Morgan Rielly to Team Canada for the World Junior Championships.
Impact"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.
Morgan Rielly scores first NHL goal in loss | 12/16/2013 10:07 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly scored his first career NHL goal in Toronto's 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Monday.
ImpactThe 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.
Morgan Rielly gets back into the fold | 12/12/2013 10:30 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly was back in Toronto's lineup Wednesday night versus Los Angeles.
ImpactHe 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.
Should Leafs loan Morgan Rielly to WJC team? | 12/04/2013 8:38 AM
NewsDamien Cox of the Toronto Star believes that the Leafs should loan Morgan Rielly to Canada's World Junior squad.
ImpactHe 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.
Morgan Rielly earns 2 assists vs. Predators | 11/22/2013 10:31 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly collected two assists in Toronto's 4-2 loss to Nashville.
ImpactThe rookie blueliner has eight helpers in 17 games. There weren't many bright aspects of Toronto's game Thursday night, but Rielly helped generate offense and displayed some flashes of his potential. It will probably take another year or two before he's relevant in fantasy hockey, but he is a good target for keeper formats.
Morgan Rielly a healthy scratch for 3rd time | 11/09/2013 7:11 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly is a healthy scratch Saturday night.
Chris Johnston on Twitter
ImpactSuch is the life a 19-year-old rookie and the risk of burning his entry-level contract. Rielly figured to deal with some rookie growing pains and tonight he'll make it a learning experience as he watches from the press box for the third time this season. Rielly has five assists and is a plus-three this season. The Leafs went with seven defensemen last night, but they won't Saturday. Carter Ashton is back in the lineup.
Morgan Rielly could be scratched Friday | 11/08/2013 9:37 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly looks like he'll be a healthy scratch Friday.
ImpactThe Maple Leafs are expected to get Mark Fraser back in the lineup, so Rielly will head to the press box. He had a minus-3 rating and logged just 14:14 of ice time against Vancouver last Saturday, so it's probably a good time for him to take breather anyway.
Morgan Rielly has ugly minus-three game | 11/02/2013 10:41 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly finished a game-low minus-three in the Maple Leafs' 4-0 loss to the Canucks on Saturday night.
ImpactIt was an all-around ugly performance from the Leafs, so this one isn't going to be pinned just on one player. Still, it's a good reminder that as a 19-year-old, Rielly will go through his fair share of ups and downs, no matter how mature appears to be for his age. Phil Kessel had a team-high five shots on goal, to go with seven penalty minutes. Colton Orr (15) and David Clarkson (12) led the way in penalty minutes.
Leafs will hang onto rookie Morgan Rielly | 10/24/2013 12:55 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly will remain with the Toronto Maple Leafs beyond the nine-game trial period.
ImpactHe was told by the Leafs to move out of his hotel room. Rielly has skated in eight NHL games and he has collected four assists. Once he plays 10 games the first year of his entry-level contract goes into effect.
Morgan Rielly showcases good and bad on Tues. | 10/16/2013 10:46 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly contributed two assists and a plus-1 rating in Toronto's 4-1 win against Minnesota.
ImpactHowever, coach Randy Carlyle wasn't thrilled with rookie's work in his own end of the rink. "He made some mistakes," the Leafs bench boss said. "One mistake was pretty glaring in the third period. He tried the curl and drag at the blueline in a 3-1 hockey game. Those are ones that send a little shiver." He saw 17:57 of ice time Tuesday night, which was the fewest among the team's defensemen and he was credited with three giveaways. The Leafs still haven't decided if they going to keep Rielly or return him to junior, but now he has played in five games.
Decisions coming for rookie Morgan Rielly | 10/15/2013 10:54 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly has played four games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and a decision on whether or not to keep him for the balance of the 2013-14 campaign has not been made yet.
ImpactThe Leafs can keep him for a nine-game tryout before deciding if the first year of his entry level contract will kick in or if he'll return to the junior ranks. If Toronto does hang onto him then the 40-game mark could be another decision day for the club as they have considered allowing him to play at the World Junior Championship. Rielly hasn't been perfect during his NHL tenure, but he has shown flashes of his excellent potential.
Morgan Rielly contributes first NHL point | 10/11/2013 7:34 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly registered his first career point in Thursday's win over Nashville.
ImpactHe finished the contest with two shots and a plus-2 rating in 19:23 of ice time. Rielly may have played in his best game so far during his first road appearance. The Leafs will have to decide soon whether to keep him for the year or return him to junior and right now it doesn't look like he's going anywhere.
Morgan Rielly to make NHL debut Saturday | 10/05/2013 12:01 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly will make his NHL debut on Saturday.
ImpactRielly's parents are flying in from Vancouver and it must be especially huge for his father who has always been a big Leaf fan. Rielly played alongside Jake Gardiner in practice on Friday but will likely be paired with Cody Franson Saturday. "He plays the game with his head and his legs and his hands," coach Randy Carlyle said. "He has all three assets that separate him from other people in his age group. He is a strong puck-mover, he can get the puck through from the point on the power play, he has great wheels to get up and down the ice, he is smart in his reads." The Leafs are very high on the youngster and will have nine games to decide whether to keep him or send him back to junior hockey. He is going to be a top defenseman but he's not worth owning at this time in yearly pools.
Morgan Rielly will play Saturday vs. Ottawa | 10/04/2013 6:00 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly is poised to make his NHL debut in Toronto's home opener Saturday night.
ImpactHe was paired with Jake Gardiner on Friday and saw time with Dion Phaneuf during training camp. Rielly earned his spot on the roster with an impressive preseason, but he spent the first two games of the year in the press box as a healthy scratch.
Morgan Rielly likely to make NHL debut Sat. | 10/03/2013 5:50 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly will probably make his NHL debut on Saturday against Ottawa.
ImpactHe was the Leafs only extra defenseman prior to Mark Fraser's knee injury. Fraser was placed on injure reserve Thursday, so it's likely that Rielly will suit up after being a healthy scratch for the team's first two contests.
Morgan Rielly not dressed against Flyers | 10/02/2013 7:24 PM
NewsMaple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly will serve as a healthy scratch once again in Wednesday night's tilt against Philadelphia.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactThere was speculation that Rielly might dress for his NHL debut in place of Jake Gardiner, but it seems he'll have to wait a little longer to play in his first regular season game.
Leafs appear to be keeping Morgan Rielly | 09/30/2013 11:32 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly appears to have cracked Toronto's roster out of training camp.
ImpactHe is expected to be included on a group that features Dion Phaneuf, Carl Gunnarsson, Cody Franson, Mark Fraser, Jake Gardiner and Paul Ranger. Rielly turned heads at camp and his sound play led to John-Michael Liles and Korbinian Holzer ending up on waivers Sunday. He will probably get a nine-game trial at the NHL level, but there is a belief that he will play about 40 or 50 games with the Leafs and be allowed to attend the World Junior Championships.
Morgan Rielly enjoys another strong game | 09/29/2013 11:02 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly logged an impressive 23:42 minutes in Toronto's 3-1 preseason victory on Saturday.
ImpactRielly finished the game with a plus-one rating and two blocked shots. He's had a great training camp, but is still unlikely to make the team unless Toronto trades one of their other defensemen before the season opener.
Morgan Rielly might be heading back to WHL | 09/26/2013 11:29 AM
NewsThe signing of Cody Franson probably means that Toronto top prospect Morgan Rielly will return to the junior ranks.
ImpactHe has looked very good at training camp, but the Leafs have a crowded blueline now with plenty of one-way deals. Coach Randy Carlyle has the final decision, but another year in WHL isn't such a bad thing.
Morgan Rielly pushing for Leaf roster spot | 09/21/2013 11:51 AM
NewsThere is a belief amongst many that Morgan Rielly will crack the Maple Leaf roster out of training camp.
ImpactThe 19-year-old defenseman has been extremely impressive in camp so far. There is little reason to doubt he could make the jump from junior to the NHL with only 14 games of AHL experience under his belt. The absence of Cody Franson due to a contract impasse certainly helps Rielly's chances. It may take Rielly as season or two to realize his full potential but he has offensive talent as evidenced by his 54-point season with Moose Jaw of the WHL last season. Keep an eye on this kid. He could be a good one.
Morgan Rielly practices with Dion Phaneuf | 09/15/2013 9:59 AM
NewsMorgan Rielly skated alongside Dion Phaneuf on Saturday.
ImpactRielly made a strong impression on Phaneuf. "The word you use, poise, fits him very well because he has got really good patience and he passes the puck at an NHL level," Phaneuf said. "He passes it hard, he passes it crisp and he passes it flat. And when he does get himself in tight situations, he has the ability to skate out of them. We saw that today. I enjoyed playing with him. He has a bright future." Despite that, Rielly will have a tough time making the Toronto Maple Leafs' opening game roster. The team has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Jake Gardiner or restricted free agent Cody Franson.
Morgan Rielly is 'mature beyond his years' | 09/08/2013 4:31 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly's attitude is one of the things that's impressed Toronto.
Impact"He's a kid, he handles everything so well," Toronto Marlies coach Steve Spott said. "Morgan's a very intelligent young man. If you speak to him, he's mature beyond his years, he's going to be able to handle the media that this city presents. I just think he understands he has to be a step above on the ice and he has to be a step above off the ice." Rielly is aware that he's a long shot to make the team, but he doesn't want that to discourage him. He's got a bright future ahead of him and enough offensive upside to make it worth taking him in keeper leagues.
Morgan Rielly knows odds low he makes Leafs | 09/07/2013 10:37 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly knows that the chances of him cracking the Leafs' lineup this season are slim.
Impact"I'd be lying if I told you that I didn't know what Capgeek was," Rielly said when asked whether he's paid any attention to where he might fit on the NHL team's depth chart. "I've checked." Reilly was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft but the 19-year-old is behind six defensemen with one-way deals and Jake Gardiner, who will make the team. Reilly has his work cut out for him in training camp; he can't be sent to the AHL yet because of his age, so it's either the WHL or NHL.
Rielly, Leafs set to begin rookie tournament | 09/05/2013 8:40 AM
NewsToronto Marlies coach Steve Spott will get to work with Leafs' top prospect Morgan Rielly Thursday night against prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks.
ImpactThe Leafs and Hawks will begin the rookie tournament from London's Budweiser Gardens. Spott wants Rielly to develop into a "trusted player" who can be counted on at both ends of the ice, but he doesn't want to restrict the 19-year-old defenseman's offensive game. He won't get to coach Rielly in the AHL this year, as it will either be the NHL or the WHL for the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft this season. Rielly will try to stick with the Maple Leafs after training camp, so you know the team's brass will be watching him carefully at the rookie tournament.
Rielly knows this isn't make or break season | 07/12/2013 4:35 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly wants to make the Maple Leafs, but he understands that this isn't a make or break training camp for him.
ImpactRielly might be ready to move beyond the WHL, but the Leafs options are including him on the team or sending him back. He's not eligible to play in the AHL yet, which might have other been the best option for him. "I understand that I have plenty of time to play pro hockey," said Rielly. "If I don't play this year, that doesn't mean that I won't ever play in the NHL. That's a goal I have. But if not, I've just got to keep working hard, keep trying to get better. I'll be 20 this time next year, which is still pretty young, so I'm not too concerned about it. But that's a goal I'm pretty driven to achieve."
Leafs unsure where Rielly will play next year | 07/10/2013 11:33 AM
NewsThe Leafs consider Morgan Rielly to be "in the crossroad" in terms of where he'll play next season.
ImpactHe is ineligible to play for the Marlies until his junior club is done, so it's either the NHL or the junior team again. "He is in the crossroad," Leafs director of player development Jim Hughes said. "There has to be a lot of thought that goes into it in terms of going back and playing against 16-, 17-year-old kids. Is that going to benefit him? We're not sure. It's a delicate situation, but I'm sure we'll make the right choice in terms of where he belongs next year." The blueliner isn't being challenged much in the WHL, as he recorded 12 goals and 42 assists last season.
Leafs talking to Canes about fifth pick | 06/30/2013 11:26 AM
NewsThe Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactThe Carolina Hurricanes control that pick and might seek Morgan Rielly in return. Rielly was the fifth overall pick in 2012 and went onto record 54 points in 60 WHL contests last season. He also scored a goal and three points in 14 AHL games.
Morgan Rielly will head down to the AHL | 03/19/2013 9:02 AM
NewsMaple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly is slated to join the AHL's Toronto Marlies by Wednesday.
ImpactThe 19-year-old defenseman finished his third WHL season over the weekend and his Moose Jaw Warriors failed to qualify for the postseason. Rielly ended up with 12 goals and 54 points in 60 games.
Morgan Rielly returns to the WHL | 01/18/2013 2:52 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly will not be part of the Toronto Maple Leafs' opening game roster.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
ImpactRielly did make an impression during the Leafs training camp, but he was a long shot to make the team. He has seven goals and 28 points in 33 WHL games this season.
Morgan Rielly skates with Dion Phaneuf | 01/17/2013 12:18 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly paired up with Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf during Wednesday's scrimmage.
Impact"I think he's playing well above his age," Phaneuf said of the 18-year-old. "He does not look out of place at all. I really like the way he carries himself." Rielly is in contention for a roster spot with Toronto, but he may only get a five-game tryout if Jake Gardiner continues to progress from his concussion-like symptoms.
Morgan Rielly impresses coach Carlyle at camp | 01/14/2013 6:54 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly has attracted the attention of Toronto coach Randy Carlyle at training camp.
Impact"He's got great vision on the ice," said Carlyle. "He can pass and move the puck. He's got NHL offensive skills. He's not intimidated. He's been a kid who has been able to absorb a lot in a short period of time and he's played in pressure situations. We're looking at playing him to his strengths." He saw some power-play time alongside Dion Phaneuf on Monday. With Jake Gardiner nursing concussion-like symptoms, Rielly could start the year with Toronto. The Leafs might decide to keep him around for a five-game tryout to open the year if he continues to impress.
Burke says Morgan Rielly to attend Leafs camp | 01/01/2013 5:09 PM
NewsMorgan Rielly will attend Toronto's training camp, if the NHL and NHLPA can hammer out a deal in the coming weeks, according to GM Brian Burke.
ImpactBurke said he prefer to see Rielly head back to the junior ranks to continue playing with Moose Jaw in the WHL, but the call will ultimately go to coach Randy Carlyle. "I think everyone knows that I have never kept an 18-year-old, I don't think (assistant GM) Dave Nonis has ever kept an 18-year-old," said Burke. "This kid is a lock to go back to Moose Jaw, except for one thing, and that is that our coach picks the team. And he (Carlyle) kept Cam Fowler as an 18-year-old (in Anaheim). He says if he wants him, he gets him. That is how things work around here." For now, Rielly is focused on the World Junior Championship, where he has one goal and three assists in four games with Team Canada.
|12/08/2013||Tor||Bos||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|12/07/2013||Tor||Ott||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|12/05/2013||Tor||Dal||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/29/2013||Tor||Buf||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/16/2013||Tor||Buf||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/15/2013||Tor||Buf||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/09/2013||Tor||Bos||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/02/2013||Tor||Phi||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/01/2013||Tor||Mtl||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Buf||last:Jan 15|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Nov 21|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Nov 21|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at CBJ||Oct 25|
|Plus/Minus||2||4 times-last:at TB||last:Feb 6|
|Power Play Goals||1||at Pit||Dec 16|
|Power Play Points||1||12 times-last:at NJ||last:Mar 23|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||73 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12|
|Shorthanded Points||0||73 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12|
|Shots||4||3 times-last:at Wpg||last:Jan 25|
AdvertisementThis Week - Subscribe Now
Subscribe to TheHockeyNews magazine!
Subscribe today, and save off the cover price.Subscribe now
Sign up to our e-flash newsletter.
You will receive backstage access to special features, articles, promotions and special events and more!!Sign up now
Download TheHockeyNews app
Learn more about TheHockeyNews mobile app.Get it now!