2012 NHL Entry Draft eligible defenseman Morgan Rielly’s season is in doubt after suffering a serious knee injury earlier in the month.
The Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman suffered the injury crashing into the net in a contest against the Calgary Hitmen November 6.
An MRI on the knee revealed a significant injury had been suffered and surgery would be required. The six-foot, 195-pound blueliner is expected to undergo surgery next week.
“He had an MRI done last week that is usually required in a knee injury to get a full picture of the knee,” Warriors director of hockey operations Alan Millar told James Gallo. “You have to get a good look at the knee in terms of what damage has or hasn’t been done.”
There is no current timetable for Rielly’s return. He is currently at home in Vancouver recovering.
“Whether that’s four to five months, whether it’s six to nine months, whether he has an opportunity to return this year or not certainly won’t be determined until after the surgery and they see how things went and he get’s into his rehab.”
Rielly is currently 8th in Future Considerations’ ranking for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.