For the NHL team that is in the market for a puck-rushing, offensive defenseman at the 2012 NHL Draft, Moose Jaw Warriors rearguard Morgan Rielly just might fit the bill.
Rielly went into the 2011-12 campaign as one of the top prospects available for the coming year's draft. And at the start of the season, Rielly met all expectations as he darted off to point-per-game clip for the Warriors, racking up three goals and 15 assists in 18 games.
But then injury struck, an injury that would end Rielly's very promising start to the regular season. The injury, a torn ACL, prevented the Vancouver, British Columbia native from returning to the lineup until the 2012 WHL Playoffs. Rielly looked like he had overcome the effects of his injury, picking up three assists in five playoff games, but his presence was not enough to prevent the Warriors from being eliminated from further playoff action.
The good news is that Rielly was able to show NHL teams that he could still be the player that showed a great deal of promise prior to his injury, thereby maintaining his draft stock. And Rielly had further opportunity to show NHL GM's and scouts that he is fully recovered from his injury by taking part in the testing phase of the 2012 NHL Combine.
Rielly met with the media following the completion of his testing on Day 1 of the Combine.