This Morgan Rielly quote is an all-timer

Published April 17, 2022 at 7:55 PM

It is clear where Morgan Rielly priorities are this season. When asked about the potential of setting a franchise record for regular season wins and points, he didn't seem too focused on it. Instead, the focus for him and the rest of the team remains on playoff success.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone following the team. Morgan Rielly has become a leader on the team and he, like the rest of the team, do not want to experience another first round playoff exit.

Since the Auston Matthews era officially began back in the 2016-17 season, the Leafs have not missed the post-season. With the clinch in place for this year, this will make it six consecutive playoffs. But yet, the team has not won a playoff series since 2004.

This year's iteration of the Leafs seems capable of breaking that 18-year drought. The team has offensive depth, great special teams, and eight NHL caliber defensemen. The team's biggest question mark may be in goal, but the team seems confident in Jack Campbell if he can stay healthy. They also have the favourite for the Hart Trophy in Auston Matthews, who is having a career season.

Morgan Rielly is currently the longest serving Leaf, playing in his ninth season in Toronto. In those nine years, it's hard to remember a Leafs team with more depth. But based on Rielly's comments, it sounds like the only thing on his mind is redemption after last year's first round loss to the arch nemesis Montreal Canadiens.

While regular season accomplishments are great, a team's true depth is tested come playoff time. And in two weeks time, the Leafs will get a chance to show how dangerous they really are.
April 17   |   190 answers
This Morgan Rielly quote is an all-timer

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