I am not sure whether it's more accurate to say that Morgan Rielly was at a loss for words or if he literally lost the words when trying to comment on the Toronto Maple Leafs youth. Whatever the case may be, going completely blank not only made him one relatable son of a bitch but it perfectly portrayed just about every hockey fan's feelings about the future of the sport. I was just having a chat about the likes of Mitch Marner and Connor McDavid last night, and I'm pretty sure the most commonly used word throughout the conversation was "whew". That may be because there were a couple beers involved, but certainly not enough empties to justify forfeiting all understanding of the English language.
That stunned silence that resulted from an NHL player's brain freezing is indicative of what Auston Matthews and Co. have brought to the table more so than calling it "impactful". That empty air space was more telling than the use of an empty compliment. What these kids have been able to accomplish less than a quarter of the way through their rookie (in some case sophomore) seasons is so jaw dropping that it actually takes effort to pick it up off the floor and explain how important it's been. So don't feel bad Morgan. We've all been in that situation where a word escapes us and we feel like the dumbest person within a 10 mile radius of the room we are standing in. It just so happens that in this case it was insanely appropriate.
P.S. A tip of the hat to the reporter that stepped in with the assistance. If only everyone were nice enough to interrupt the awkwardness and stop someone from surrendering to "....you know what I mean" or some other replacement term for what they were originally going to say. Then the world would be a much better place. Sometimes you just need to be told there is something in your teeth and sometimes you need to have your sentence finished for you. Let's work together here folks.