The Moose Jaw Warriors will get a big boost at just the right time.
Heading into the WHL’s Eastern Conference final, the Warriors will see the return of defenseman Morgan Rielly into the lineup.
Rielly suffered a knee injury on November 6th against the Calgary Hitmen and underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL nearly four weeks later, seemingly ending the season of the highly touted defenseman for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Instead, Rielly is ahead of schedule and will return when Moose Jaw faces the Edmonton Oil Kings with a trip to the league’s final on the line. The six-foot, 195-pound defenseman is known as a quick healer. Earlier in the season, Rielly returned to play a preseason game just two weeks after having an emergency appendectomy in early September.
In 18 games this season, Rielly has three goals and 18 points. The Vancouver, BC. product had 22 assists and 28 points in 65 games as a rookie a year ago.