Don’t Believe Burke’s Hype
Rielly is a great prospect but you need to take into perspective the risk of the pick and his ceiling compared to other players in the draft.
“We had this player (Rielly) rated first overall. Wouldn’t say that if it wasn’t true just to build up the pick. This is a guy that if we had the first pick in the draft we would have taken him.” Burke said in a scrum after Rielly was drafted.
The problem is he is building up the pick and putting unrealistic expectations on a kid that will have his hands full when he enters the Toronto media.
Anyone who believes the hype Burke is trying to bring to Rielly will be disappointed when he isn’t rushed into the Leafs system the same way Luke Schenn was and when he has inevitable growing pains that come with being a young defenceman in the NHL.
The Leafs angle on drafting Rielly is the same angle the Canadiens have on drafting Galchenyuk, despite a significant injury limiting the sample size what was seen from both prospects was impressive enough to take a risk on them. If Rielly played the entire 2011-2012 season he might have been hyped as the best defencive prospect in the draft. If Galchenyuk had played the entire season he might have been picked first overall. We will never know.
Rielly has the potential to be an elite offensive defenceman if he can recover from his injuries and live up to his potential. The value of picking an offensive defenceman is not as important as finding an elite defencive defenceman that can make an impact shutting down other teams like Zdeno Chara does for the Boston Bruins.
If Burke had won the draft lottery and passed over potential superstar Nail Yakupov or Galchenyuk who has the best ability to fill an organizational hole at center the Leafs have had since Mats Sundin left he should be fired on the spot.
This isn’t the first bold faced lie Burke has told to hype the players he invested his reputation in. He said the Dion Phaneuf trade would be remembered as the Keith Aulie trade and scoffed at the idea of ever trading Luke Schenn before trading off both defenceman who experienced one season’s worth of growing pains as pure defensive defencemen under Ron Wilson’s run and gun system.
Burke’s bold statements on players have become background noise that people just label as posturing but the scary question is what if he actually believes what he says?