Rielly Makes Big Statement On The Idea Of Matthews As Captain.

Published September 4, 2018 at 12:15

Recently, young Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews stated he's ready to become the team's captain. For Leafs' fans it comes down to two people, either Matthews or the newly acquired John Tavares who was captain of the New York Islanders. With Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov signing with other teams during free agency, defenseman Morgan Rielly remains the only alternate captain around and he talked to Kristen Shilton of TSN recently about the possibility of Matthews becoming captain. "He's a mature young man. He's a guy that likes pressure. He enjoys when people lean on him, when opponents [play him hard], when Babs wants more from him; that's what he likes. He's a world-class player. He's a mature young guy that I've gotten to know really well. When you talk to him, he's got huge goals. He's really motivated and I think that the combination of his skill and his motivation and just the type of person he is, he's a leader. I think he had every right to make that comment and he hit the nail on the head. There's no question that he's a leader one way or another. He'll be ready and flying around on the ice like he always is. "
With head coach Mike Babcock around, it's unlikely the team leaves it up to a players vote when the team eventually decides to go with a captain. What do you think of Rielly's comments when it comes to the idea of Matthews becoming captain?

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