The second longest tenured Maple Leaf, drafted 5th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Rielly has picked up where he left off last season when he had 50 points and should have been nominated over P.K Subban as a Norris Trophy finalist.
Breaking records set by Bobby Orr for the fastest start by a defenseman with 12 points in seven games, it’s safe to say that Rielly is off to a strong start this season. After scoring at a record pace to start the year, Rielly is an early favourite to win this years Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman.
He might not keep up the scoring pace, but when you consider that he’s partnered with Ron Hainsey, his performance is even better.
With three goals and 13 points through his clubs first seven games, Rielly has improved their defensive core’s outlook. The Vancouver, British Columbia native owns a healthy Corsi For Percentage (CF%) of 52.4% , a number in which calculates his even strength control of the puck and proves his ability to control the game. A strong CF% proves that Rielly is not only helping on the offensive side, but the defensive side as well.