Toronto Maple Leafs select Morgan Rielly with the 5th overall pick


The Leafs selected Morgan Rielly with the fifth overall pick in Friday's 2012 NHL Entry Draft. 

Rielly, 18, is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he scored three goals and 18 points in as many games with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League.

The six-foot, 190-pound defenseman is known for his playmaking abilities and is an effective skater and puck-mover.

The Vancouver-native possesses awareness at both ends of the ice, and while he isn’t a physical defenseman, he is positionally sound.

Rielly, a left-handed shooter, returned from a torn ACL on April 20 for the WHL playoffs, in which he produced three assists in five games.