LONDON, ONT – With speckles of stubble now dotting his 19-year-old face, Morgan Rielly has little interest in minimizing expectations for his second season as a prospect in the Maple Leafs organization. Reilly Smith Jersey . "Pretty high ones," he said with some degree of certainty. "Obviously, my goal is to make the Leafs this year." Rielly is one among 25 prospects in London, Ontario this weekend for the organizations annual rookie tournament, an early springboard into NHL training camp next week. "Hes obviously a very gifted defenceman," said Steve Spott, the newly named head coach of the Marlies and frontman for the assembled group in London, "but at the same time, its a process and one thing I think the organization is cognizant of is making sure we develop the players the right way." The Leafs have two simple and yet very distinct choices as it pertains to the immediate future of the fifth overall pick from the 2012 draft. The organization can opt to keep him with the NHL club in Toronto – with a nine-game tryout window – or send him back to Moose Jaw for another year of junior hockey with the Warriors (he is not eligible to play in the AHL). Ultimately, Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, his management team and the coaching staff, led by Randy Carlyle, will have to determine which course of action is best for the long-term development of their number one prospect. "Morgans play is going to dictate where he ends up," said Spott. "You cant teach the ability and the skill that he has, but ultimately, his play will dictate where he ends up." Carlyle will be among the Toronto brass in attendance for the four-team tournament, which also includes the Penguins, Blackhawks and Senators, the head coach getting a first look at Riellys progress ahead of camp. Regardless of his potential and performance this weekend and in the NHL exhibition schedule to follow, the Leafs have to be wary of any decision that includes keeping their promising defender. In doing so beyond the threshold of nine regular season games, they would initiate the clock on his entry-level contract, a friend in todays cap-conscious world, and in some ways jump-start his development curve. Thus, its usually wise to opt for caution and patience, even if all signs point to readiness right away. Case in point, what went wrong in Buffalo last season. Despite the hasty schedule that lay ahead post-lockout, the Sabres chose to stick with 18-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko beyond the requisite threshold of NHL action (five games in the 48-game schedule) only to determine after 25 games and spotty ice-time that he was not quite ready for the pros. They promptly delivered him back to junior with the Quebec Ramparts, burning a year of his entry-level deal with little to show for it. Luke Schenn offers a more complex case locally. Like Rielly, Schenn was picked fifth overall in 2008 and had played three years of junior with the Kelowna Rockets. Then an 18-year-old, he arrived at training camp that fall with an obvious NHL frame and bravado that suggested he was ready to play right away. The brass, led at that time by Cliff Fletcher and his head coach Ron Wilson, opted to keep the rugged defender, who actually thrived with a solid rookie year. What followed though were three years of inconsistent development, capped by a trade to Philadelphia in the summer of 2012. Conversely, the organization exercised the highest degrees of patience and caution with Nazem Kadri, rewarded when he broke out with 44 points in 48 games last season. Rielly is the most prized and promising of the Toronto prospects, offering an elegant stride and unique penchant for making something out of nothing on the back-end, offensively. Hell compete for a spot on a busy Leafs defence, one that should include nine defenders with NHL experience (the unsigned Cody Franson likely to be among them). At a brief training camp following the lockout last January, the Leafs chose prudence with Rielly and sent him back to junior for his third season in Moose Jaw, where he went on to post 12 goals and 54 points in 60 games before joining the Marlies for 22 games (eight in the playoffs) thereafter. Having coached him twice prior – at the Under-18 tournament and World Juniors last December – Spott sees a bright future for the young defender. "Hes definitely matured as a young man and ultimately now, I think he realizes whats available for him," said Spott, who replaced Dallas Eakins in early July. "I think he takes it very seriously; I think this camp for him, this week for him, is going to be real important." Despite the caution, the organization may eventually opt to employ with him and Rielly will do his part in the coming days to make that choice all the more difficult. The rookie tournament is just the start. "Hes intelligent, hes sharp, hell be able to handle himself in this city," Spott concluded, "and I think ultimately is going to be a special defenceman for the organization for a long time." Jaromir Jagr Jersey . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. Aaron Ekblad Panthers Jersey . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. "Martyn is a highly-respected coach with experience at the top levels in England," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. http://www.panthersfansstore.com/Dave-Bolland-Jersey/
., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., took sixth spot on Saturday in pairs at the NHK Trophy ISU Grand Prix figure skating competition.Toronto Maple Leafs legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Mats Sundin joined TSN Radio 1050s Jim Tatti and Jeff ONeill on Friday to give his thoughts on the Olympic hockey tournament ahead of Sundays gold medal match-up between his native Sweden and Canada. While there is a lot that Sundin has liked in the tournament so far, the performance that Russia put forth against Finland in the quarterfinals left a bad taste in his mouth. "I was almost disgusted by their performance when they played Finland," said the 43-year-old who played 18 seasons in the NHL. "I look at the Finnish team and theyre missing key players. They dont have any of their big stars and now [Rask] is hurt and that Russian team is stacked with great players and to come out and have that performance they had in the quarterfinals. It was an absolutely heartless performance. "It was very disappointing and I dont think its very good for hockey either to have them out of their home tournament. You wonder when you have Putin in the stands on home ice and you cant get heart out of these guys? Whats going to bring it out? I dont know," he said. Sundin believes simply chalking up Russias crashing out of the tournament to the tremendous pressure the team was under is a bit of a cop-out. "Even though youre nervous or you have a lot of pressure built up, you can always still get into the motions and show that youre actually trying," said the former first-overall pick by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. "We didnt see anything of that in the quarterfinal." The captain of the gold medal-winning Swedish team in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Sundin believes that its impossible to compare trying to capture a Stanley Cup to winning Olympic gold. "You cant even compare it to me," said Sundin. "I mean, the Stanley Cup is the biggest thing you can win playing for a club team in the world. Its over a [full] season and you try to get that, but saying that, international hockey and the Olympic Games go to a little bit of a higher level. You have all the absolute best players in the world competing. Its a short tournament, but its the absolute best, biggest thing you can win as a hockey player today where you face every countrys best players on the ice. And also, for any athlete, women or men, winning an Olympic medal is a little bit beyond just the sport of hockey, as well. You cant compare them, but obviously, you want to be part of both for sure." Sundin thinks that an unfamiliarity with the larger ice surface is one of the main reasons why Canadas offence has yet to really click in Sochi, despite the team being undefeated. Florida Panthers Jersey. "The last time the Olympics were around, the tournament was held on a smaller ice surface, an edge to the North American teams, no doubt," said Sundin. "The US and Canada were more comfortable. You look at the tournament right now, you can tell [Canada] is not as comfortable on the big ice surface...with the bigger ice surface, it becomes a little bit of a different game." The all-time Leafs leader in points acknowledges that an adjustment needs to be made for North American teams playing on the big international ice. "Just one big difference is when you come into an end, whether its your own end or youre in the offensive zone, youre further away from your opponent," explained the nine-time NHL All-Star. "Theres a little bit more room for a forward to slip away or get out of the way, out of position, so when that happens, and I think a North American feels that, you get a little more tentative and if youre tentative in hockey or you wait a little bit, then youre a step behind. I think thats the biggest thing." With NHL participation up in the air for the 2018 Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sundin believes it would be a mistake for the league to stop sending its best to the tournament as its a perfect opportunity to put a spotlight on the sport. "For me, its a no-brainer," said Sundin. "I think youve got to look at the broader picture. For the game of hockey, and if you want the game to continue to grow, theres no better window than the Olympic Games, where you can get new fans watching our great game, people from different parts of the world. I dont really see a reason why not. I know it affects the game short term. Some guys get hurt (and) when they get back they might not perform as well. But if you look at a long term picture, I think its just too big of a window to promote our sport to not be part of it." As for Sundays clash between his home country and the country he spent 18 years playing in, Sundin gives the edge to Canada. "Theres no doubt that the Swedish team...are not where you would think to call them a gold medal favourite at this point [without] Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg, two of the best centremen we have playing right now," said Sundin. "For them to get to the finals here, to get by Finland...Ill hold Canada as the favourites to win the gold medal, but if you have [Henrik] Lundqvist playing an enormous game in the final, theres a shot. But its a long shot for sure." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys ' ' '