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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Oilers 2012 NHL Draft Watch "Morgan Reilly"

Today we examine the #5 ranked player from REVS 2012 Prospects List .Each player is unique in their own right and full of talent. The ranking does not reflect a mock draft of who a team may actually pick but rather who I would place as the best player available in that spot.

5. Morgan Reilly
Pos: D
HT:6'0 ft
WT:190 lbs
Born: Vancouver BC

2010-11 WHL Warriors Games 65 G 6 A 22 PTS 28
2011-12 WHL Warriors Games 17 G 3 A 15 PTS 18
Morgan Reilly will be a highly sought after player at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Being a mobile defenseman, with slick offensive capabilities is considered a rare commodity these days. Before being drafted into the WHL  he put up 55 points  in 43 games for the Notre Dame Hounds, and  had  9 points in the playoffs, while leading them to a Saskatchewan Midget AAA Provincial and Telus Cup Championship. As a 15-year-old Morgan was drafted 1st round pick (2nd overall) in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.

Morgan is considered in the same mold as Duncan Keith. He is an exceptional skater,  unreal hockey sense and vision, not to mention  a great shot. Does not panic , and makes those around him better with his ability to create offense off the rush.  He brings a fearless sense of playmaking ability. Tyler Boldt has stated ‘At such a young age, he’s a pretty dynamic and fearless defenseman on the offensive side of the game”

Reilly represented Canada at the under 18’s and the Ivan Hlinka tournament as well took part in the NHL’s Research and Development Camp. He really has done all the elite things that elite level players do up to their draft time.

Morgan is #5

-- Whitney/Reilly
-- Gilbert/Smid
-- Teubert/Petry
-- Potter
While I know Morgan could not step into that role immediately as first line pairing, he is definitely looking good to be a player in that potential should he continue to grow as he has shown each year to date. A date with the World Jr team this New year would go a long ways to gaining more attention from scouts come draft time.

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