Before acquiring Ryley Morgan in a trade with the La Ronge Ice Wolves, the Red Wings were 9-14-1 in 24 games and not in a playoff spot. In the next 32 games, Morgan helped bolster the lineup from his spot on the top line down, making his linemates better while playing with them and giving the rest of the lineup added confidence in their team to lead them to a 17-13-2 record in the final half of the season.
Joining fellow St. Albert native Matt Reidy, Morgan joined the Red Wings in December to add some major fire power, combining with Ty Mason for 14 points between the two of them in their first three games together. His play inspired an eight game point streak in January that helped the Wings climb up to 8th place and the final playoff spot.
With a nose for the net, Morgan scored a lot of his goals near the blue paint on rebounds or a shot in tight, but his vision and passing ability often extended across the entire ice. Add that to his impressive speed and his ability to control the pace of a game, often slowing things down to a crawl to let the play catch up before exploding forward again, Morgan made the Red Wings dangerous at every opportunity he could.
“League MVP nominee. Weyburn Red Wings MVP. All while being an incredible teammate and a great leader as well. Ryley is an elite talent that joined us in December. It’s not often you get to coach a player like him.” – Head Coach Cody Mapes.
At the time of this writing, Morgan has not signed a college deal yet.