Meet The Rookies: Ryan O'Reilly

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6'0" 200 lbs. Center. Age: 18

Ryan "Radar" O'Reilly was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft, 33rd overall. While he hasn't signed with the Avalanche and will be returning to his junior club, the Erie Otters, he's an interesting player to watch for the future. O'Reilly scored 66 points in 68 games with the Otters last season under head coach Robbie Ftorek (former NHL goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz is also a member of the coaching staff).

O'Reilly appears to be a future two-way center with leadership qualities. The HF book:

He showed improvements in the defensive aspects of his game as he was excellent on face-offs and in penalty-killing situations.

O'Reilly's value is both in skill and intangibles; he is a tireless worker and a determined, coachable player who leads by example. This mindset is seen on the ice in his ability to adapt and play smart, two-way hockey. There is significant room for improvement, however, with his skating and mobility.

The thought of rolling three defensive-minded centers in Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and O'Reilly in a couple of seasons is tantalizing. It's not a sure thing, of course, but it's an exciting prospect.

Below is a video of Radar meeting with the media back in June and also here's a link to a interview of O'Reilly by Holly Gunning (of HF) earlier this year:

 

 

Outlook: Ryan won't be with the Avalanche this coming season, but I'm looking forward to seeing him in camp.

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