Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Morgan Rielly, Canada

By Chapin Landvogt

Morgan Rielly - Canada

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly and his Team Canada teammates will battle for the bronze medal against familiar protagonist, Russia (courtesy of Imago/Icon SMI)

For Team Canada, anything less than winning the gold medal at the U-20 World Junior Championship is considered a major disappointment. But, for the third consecutive year, Canada is in just that position as they dropped their WJC semi-final game to the USA, 5-1.

The team will now face Russia in the bronze medal game, a country that has had some success against the Canadians at this tournament the past couple of years.

In making a comparison between Canada and the USA squads at this WJC, one area where Canada's southern neighbors excelled was the offense that was generated by their group of defensemen.  USA defenders have produced 27 total points in six games so far, while Canadian defenders have totaled just 12 points in five games.

One of those Canadian defensemen expected to produce some offense was Morgan Rielly, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect currently playing for the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors. Rielly did produce some offense, scoring one goal and adding two assists in his five WJC games. He is also a +4 for the tournament to this point. But a player regarded as more of an offensive defenseman is expected to produce better numbers than the three points that Rielly has produced, but he isn't alone in this department as only a handful of players have truly had a productive WJC.

Rielly spoke with the media following Canada's loss to the USA, with some of those comments being captured in this HF video. 

 

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