Sunday, January 31, 2016

Revisiting The O'Reilly Trade To Buffalo

Ryan O'Reilly's game has benefited from his trade to the Buffalo Sabres, from the Colorado Avalanche, writes Mike Harrington for the Buffalo News.  The soon-to-be 25 year-old pivot has 40 points in 50 games this season, and is on pace to eclipse his season-high goal total of 28 set with the Avalanche in 2013-14.  Not only has O'Reilly had success in putting the puck in the net, but he's also become a leader to the team's younger players, as Harrington notes:
He quickly became a leader on the ice, the team’s leading scorer in both goals and points, and in the dressing room. His post-practice sessions with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart, among others, have become huge additions to the development of the team’s young stars.
His success on the ice this season has been noticed locally as well as by the league at large, with his first All-Star selection coming in the 2015-16 NHL season.

Ryan O'Reilly was traded during the 2015 NHL Draft, when Buffalo obtained not only Reilly but phenom Jack Eichel as well. The trade sent O'Reilly as well as forward Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the number 31 pick in the draft going to the Colorado Avalanche.

O'Reilly quickly signed a contract extension with Buffalo after his trade, and is set to be a member of the Sabres through the 2022-23 season.

McGinn has had success with Buffalo as well, although it may not be as publicized as the success that O'Reilly has experienced.  For the 2015-16 season to-date, McGinn has notched 21 points in 50 games. He's currently slated to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.

Zadorov has played in 16 NHL contests this season, spending most of his time in the AHL playing defense with the San Antonio Rampage, getting into 32 games and notching 20 points.  Grigorenko, a pivot, has played in 44 contests for Colorado this season, notching 14 points and plus-7 on the ice for an Avalanche squad that currently sits in the middle of the standings.  Compher is a 2013 draft selection who is still having much success as a forward for the University of Michigan.  

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