Is Morgan Rielly next great defenseman?

Updated: August 17, 2011, 4:46 PM ET
By Alvin Chang

Morgan Rielly has been an offensive force at every level of hockey. When he was 8, Rielly scored 12 points in a game. After that, "My parents kind of thought I might be pretty good at this," said Rielly.

His parents -- a lumber salesman and a cancer researcher -- were right.

A few years later in 2009, Moose Jaw selected him No. 2 overall in the WHL Bantam Draft. Last season, he made his WHL debut and put up a solid 28 points in 65 games against older, more experienced competition. When he got a chance to play with kids his own age at the World under-17 Hockey Challenge in January, Rielly lit it up with five points in six games. He then made Canada's U-18 World Junior Championship team, where he scored three points in seven games.

"I just like to create scoring opportunities," Rielly says.

But with all this talk about offense, there's one important thing worth mentioning: Rielly is a defenseman.