(Morgan Rielly had one assist in Sat. Marlies game)
Leafs fans of a certain age cringe at the mention of early draft choices from the early 80′s such as Jim Benning, Fred Boimstruck and Bob McGill. When they do, it’s not necessarily because of the result of the trio’s play on the ice, but because of how much better those Leafs could have been.
Each of them were thrown to the wolves as teenagers in the 1981-82 season, skating past Harold Ballard’s bunker at Maple Leaf Gardens as the team began it’s infamous slide into a decade of catastrophe.
Over three decades later, Morgan Rielly – the Leafs’ first-round pick from the 2012 Entry Draft carries the weight and expectations of a city that’s twice as big and has 10 times the media coverage than when Ballard was running the team into the ground.
That’s where Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas has to step in.