Maple Leafs players are campaigning HARD to get Morgan Rielly into the All-Star Game

Jan 10 2019, 9:39 pm

It’s always nice to have a little help from your friends.

As fan voting for the NHL All-Star Last Men In comes down to the wire, the loudest voices campaigning for Morgan Rielly might just be those of his Toronto Maple Leafs teammates.

The final roster spot in each division is still up for grabs, so on Wednesday night members of the Maple Leafs bombarded social media with videos in an effort to send their blueliner to San Jose, alongside Auston Matthews and John Tavares.

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With a Twitter audience of 1.84 million at their fingertips, the Toronto Maple Leafs team account spammed the feeds of Leaf Nation with these player videos – each raising different reasons why fans should vote for Rielly.

Zach Hyman emphasized his elite defensive statistics…

Auston Matthews just pointed to Rielly’s highlight reel…

Former Sharks forward Patrick Marleau believes Mo simply deserves some of that San Jose sunshine…

While Jake Gardiner and Mitch Marner focused on his “great big man body.”

The support for Rielly even crossed over sport lines as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam issued his vote of confidence for the young defenceman.

Although the volume of videos might be in question, Rielly’s deservedness to be at the All-Star game is not.

The 24-year old is having a career year wearing the white and blue. He started the season with a bang by amassing 12 points in his first five games, breaking Bobby Orr’s long-standing record for most points by a defenceman in that span to start a season. He hasn’t looked back since.

He currently leads all defencemen in goals (13), is second in points (45), and tied for third amongst all skaters in plus/minus (+26). His plus/minus rating is perhaps his biggest improvement as he had a negative rating each of his first five campaigns of his NHL career.

Rielly’s steady play has been noted by analysts as well and they have him leading the race for the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s best defenceman, through the midway mark of the regular season.

When it comes to the Last Men In vote, Rielly has some stiff competition on the Atlantic Division ballot. Strong cases can be made for Patrice Bergeron (Bruins), Brayden Point (Lightning), Shea Weber (Canadiens), and Jeff Skinner (Sabres). Then again, they’re missing an army of Leafs fans in their corner.

Also included on the Atlantic ballot is Mark Stone (Senators), Dylan Larkin (Red Wings) and Aleksander Barkov (Panthers).

The end result of who goes to All-Star Weekend is completely up to the fans, so if you would like to see Rielly head to San Jose, head on over to nhl.com/vote before it is too late.

Voting ends tonight, January 10, at 11:59 pm ET.