Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

By Ken McKenna

Photo: The Toronto Maple Leafs surprised some NHL Draft observers with their selection of Morgan Rielly with the fifth pick overall (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)


Like Alex Galchenyuk, who was drafted ahead of him in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Morgan Rielly missed a good portion of his first draft-eligible season as the result of an injury.  But just as the Montreal Canadiens convinced themselves that Galchenyuk was fully healed, so too did the Toronto Maple Leafs with regard to Rielly's injury, grabbing the offensive defenseman with the fifth pick overall in this draft.

Rielly, who played for the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors this season, was a highly touted prospect coming into the 2011-12 season.  Had it not been for his ACL injury, Rielly may well have been considered a potential top pick for this year's draft.

But Rielly didn't fall very far, as it turned out, so he'll now have to repay the Leafs' faith in his recovery and their hope that he can, in time, become a major offensive contributor from the blue line.

Rielly talked about to the media about his injury and what lies ahead for him as a prospect of the Maple Leafs.