Despite missing most of the 2011-12 season with a knee injury, Morgan Rielly still posted 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 18 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors. The 6’0”, 190-pound defenseman returned for five playoff games, and was healthy enough to participate in the NHL Draft Combine earlier this month. Rielly is heralded for his ability to keep his cool and make plays in situations where most others cannot. Rielly’s elite speed, agility and ability to find teammates with the puck make him a major offensive threat, and he continues to strengthen his defensive game as well.
Few can match Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba’s explosiveness on the ice. At just 6’0”, 183-pounds, Dumba loves the big hit and can provide an offensive spark as well. In 69 games last season, the Calgary, AB native posted 57 points, and was second among WHL blueliners with 20 goals, including a team-leading nine tallies on the power play. In 2011, Dumba captained Team Canada to a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and to a bronze medal at the Under-18 World Championships. Dumba’s anticipation and powerful skating are what allow him to make plays on the ice, and why he is one of the top defensemen available in this year’s draft.
Brenden Kichton, Islanders prospect Morgan Rielly is a really good offensive defenseman who skates extremely well. He has good hands, is a good passer and has a really good shot.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Morgan Rielly is a skilled, offensive-minded defenseman. He missed most of the year with an injury and didn’t miss a beat on his return.
Blair MacDonald, NHL Central Scouting I've seen Rielly do things on the ice that nobody else was doing. I saw him make those little passes to guys who weren't expecting the puck to get there. He's the type of player who can lead the rush and he'll be the first guy back. I think his creativity makes him one of the top players in the league. He's like a chess player; he's thinking one or two moves ahead. He sees stuff coming that a lot of players don't see.
Brenden Kichton, Islanders prospect Matt Dumba is a great competitor; a fierce competitor. He loves the open ice hit, but he can also move the puck extremely well. He’s a great skater who can go end-to-end, and he’s got a booming slap shot.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Matt Dumba is the energizer bunny of the defensemen this year. He is constantly on the go creating and competing hard. He also has a huge shot from the point.