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NHL PLAYER, Ryan O'Reilly


Born Feb 07, 1991 -- Clinton, Ontario, Canada
Selected by Colorado Avalanche round 2 #33 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Ryan O'Reilly (born February 7, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who plays for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He is the younger brother of former NHL player Cal O'Reilly.

O'Reilly was drafted 33rd overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. O'Reilly became the youngest player in Avalanche history to appear in a regular season game when he surprisingly made the opening night roster for the 2009–10 season. Ryan earned his first NHL point in his Avalanche debut on October 1, 2009 against the San Jose Sharks, becoming the first non-first round draft pick to immediately make the NHL in his post-draft year since Patrice Bergeron in 2003–04. He scored his first NHL goal, a game winner, on October 15, 2009 against Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. On October 19, 2009, following his strong play, the Avalanche announced that O'Reilly and his fellow 2009 draftee Matt Duchene would spend the entire season with the Avalanche. Initially leading all rookie forwards in scoring through October, O'Reilly recorded an assist in a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on October 24, to cap a 7 game point streak, that stood as the longest by a rookie throughout the season.

On February 28, 2013, O'Reilly signed a two-year offer sheet with the Calgary Flames worth $10 Million. With a game coinciding between the two clubs on that day, the Avalanche announced during the contest that they opted to forgo compensation and secured O'Reilly to a contract by matching the Flames offer sheet.

O'Reilly made his international debut at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge scoring 6 points in 6 games as captain of gold winning Team Ontario. As an underage 17 year old, O'Reilly gained selection to Team Canada the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia. He scored 5 points in 4 games as and was named game MVP in the final against Russia as he helped Canada capture the Gold Medal for the fourth time in five years.

The following year Ryan was selected as captain of Team Canada, at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships. In 6 games he contributed with 5 points before finishing in fourth place after losing 5-4 in the bronze medal game against Finland.

On June 26, 2015, the Avalanche traded O'Reilly, alongside Jamie McGinn, to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, forward Mikhail Grigorenko, prospect J. T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

On July 2, O'Reilly then signed a seven-year contract extension with Buffalo worth $52.5 million, which comes into effect for the 2016–17 season. O'Reilly's signing came on the same day as the Sabres organization signed his brother Cal O'Reilly to a two-year contract.

After three seasons with the Sabres, O'Reilly was traded by Buffalo to the St Louis Blues in exchange for Tage Thompson, Vladimír Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, a 2019 1st round draft pick, and a 2021 2nd round draft pick.

Source: Wikipedia


O’Reilly excels in Blues’ loss October 23, 2018

Ryan O’Reilly was named the second star of the game last night, as the St. Louis Blues fell to the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 5-4 in overtime. The two-way center was a huge bright spot in the defeat, tallying 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and 4 shots on net. Acquired in the offseason via trade from the Sabres, the Clinton, Ontario-native has been an excellent addition to the Blues. Through 8 games, he currently leads the team in both assists (8) and points (10).

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O’Reilly confident in Blues’ chances in 2018-19 August 27, 2018

Acquired in a trade earlier this summer from the Buffalo Sabres, Ryan O’Reilly believes his new squad, the St. Louis Blues, have all the right tools to contend this season. Expected to slot in as the new No. 1 center, the Clinton, Ontario-native appears to be right player to lead the Blues back to the playoffs, combining a rare blend of offensive efficiency (3 straight seasons of 20+ goals, 30+ assists) high-end face-off winning prowess (59.98% last season) and overall exceptional two-way play.

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O’Reilly traded to Blues July 03, 2018

After being traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, 27-year-old center Ryan O’Reilly is ready to lead his new team back to the playoffs in 2018-19, after they narrowly missed out last season. The perennial Lady Byng award nominee is excited to play with an already richly talented corps of players, including the likes of forwards Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz and All-star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. In 81 games last season, O’Reilly finished 2nd on the Sabres in both assists (37) and points (61).

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O’Reilly in the running for Lady Byng Trophy June 08, 2018

Nominated back in mid-April, Ryan O’Reilly will be looking to claim his second career Lady Byng Trophy at the upcoming NHL Awards this June. The 27-year-old center was an all-round performer for the Buffalo Sabres in 2017-18, finishing 2nd on the team in points with 61 (24 goals, 37 assists), while leading the entire NHL in face-offs won with 1,274, the most by any player since the league began tracking the statistic back in 1997. O’Reilly also displayed a high level of sportsmanship associated with all Lady Byng nominees. In 81 games played, the Clinton, Ontario-native was assessed just 1 minor penalty (2 minutes), the lowest amount in the league among players with at least 41 games played.

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O’Reilly and Reinhart stay hot in Sabres’ win February 14, 2018

Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart’s offensive explosion continued last night, as the Buffalo Sabres took down the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. O’Reilly would eventually be named the 1st star of the contest after tallying a goal and two assists in the win, including the game-winning goal early in the 3rd period. It was the second straight game that the Clinton, Ontario-native registered 3 points, giving him 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in his last 5 games. Reinhart, meanwhile, finished the game with 2 goals and 4 shots on net. In his last 5 games, the talented center has also been on fire, with 3 goals and 5 assists in that span.

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O’Reilly leads the line in Sabres’ win March 03, 2017

Ryan O’Reilly was named the game’s first star last night, in the Buffalo Sabres’ 6-3 defeat of the Arizona Coyotes. The 26-year-old center sparked the offense, tallying a goal and two assist, including a nifty backhanded pass to Evander Kane on the game-winning goal. The Clinton, Ontario-native has been a steady two-way player for the Sabres this season, with 42 points, a +4 rating and 57.7% faceoff win percentage.

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O’Reilly and Lehner guide Sabres to win February 15, 2017

Ryan O’Reilly was named the first star and Robin Lehner made 39 saves, as the Buffalo Sabres rallied to defeat the Ottawa Senators, 3-2. O’Reilly scored his 12th goal of the year just 24 seconds into the first period, and led all Sabres’ forwards in ice-time (21:49) and shots on net (4). The Clinton, Ontario-native has been in excellent form this month, with 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 8 games. Lehner, meanwhile, provided Buffalo with brilliant goalkeeping down the stretch, shutting out the Senators in the 3rd period to seal the win. He would eventually go on to be named the 3rd star of the game.

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O’Reilly scores in Sabres’ romp December 14, 2016

Ryan O’Reilly scored his 7th goal of the season last night, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 6-3. The two-way center added 3 shots on net in the contest and would go on to be named the game’s 3rd star. The product of Clinton, Ontario is currently on a four-game point scoring streak, with one goal and four assists in his last four games. For the season, O’Reilly has tallied 17 points in 22 games, and has been one the best all-round players in the league. The 25-year-old center currently leads all forwards in ice-time (21:50) and has been excellent in the faceoff circle, winning 58.5% of his draws.

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O’Reilly shines in Sabres’ romp October 17, 2016

Ryan O’Reilly was instrumental in Buffalo’s first win of the season last night, tallying 4 points in their 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. The 25-year-old, two-way center put together one of the performances of the week, scoring 2 goals –including the game-winner – and assisting on two others. He finished the game with the most ice-time by a forward with 20:32, and would go on to be named the first star of the match.

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O’Reilly stays hot in Sabres win April 06, 2016

Ryan O’Reilly was named the 2nd star of the game last night, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-1. The Clinton, Ontario-native scored the game’s opening goal and would go on to lead all forwards with 23:08 of ice time.  The rugged center is finishing the season on a high note, leading his team with 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games.  It has already been one of O’Reilly best offensive seasons to date having registered career-highs in assists (38) and points per game (0.86).

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O’Reilly quickly becoming a star in Buffalo January 27, 2016

Recently selected to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, Ryan O’Reilly has proven to be an excellent acquisition by the Buffalo Sabres. Deemed a leader on and off the ice by his teammates, the 24-year-old Clinton, Ontario-native has taken the ball and run with it. The gritty center currently leads the Sabres in almost every offensive category, including goals (17), assists (23) and points (40).

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O’Reilly heads to Buffalo in blockbuster trade June 29, 2015

Ryan O’Reilly is now a member of the Buffalo Sabres.  After starring for the Colorado Avalanche the last six seasons, the Clinton, Ontario-native will be moving closer to home, and has already been given the keys to the Sabres’ revamped No. 1 line.  The 2-way centerman joins exciting new acquisitions such as Sam Reinhart (2014 1st round pick), Evander Kane, Robin Lehner, and David Legwand, as the Sabres will look to make some noise in the upcoming, 2015-16 season.

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O’Reilly honoured with 3rd star selection March 30, 2015

Ryan O’Reilly was rewarded for his solid play of late on Monday, as the NHL named the Colorado centerman the 3rd star of the week (March 23-29). The Clinton, Ontario native led all players with 7 assists and 8 points, guiding the Colorado Avalanche on a last gasp playoff push.  The 24-year-old Lady Byng award winner has been one of the hottest players in the NHL in the month of March, registering 16 points in 12 games. He is currently on a seven-game point streak, tallying 4 goals and 8 assists in that span.

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Iginla and O’Reilly help keep Avs’ playoff hopes alive March 27, 2015

Jarome Iginla and Ryan O’Reilly were named the 1st and 2nd stars last night, as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 4-1. Iginla opened the scoring early in the second period, scoring his 26th goal of the season. The 37-year-old winger played a pivotal role in the contest, taking six shots and leading all forwards with 22:35 of ice time. The superstar sniper has been hot of late, tallying four goals in his last five games. As for O’Reilly, his two assists pushed his point-scoring streak to six games. In his last 16 games, the versatile centerman has been a model of consistency, tallying a point or more in all but two contests.

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O’Reilly guides Avalanche to big win March 20, 2015

A month ago the idea of the Colorado Avalanche making the playoffs seemed nothing more than a pipe dream. Fast forward to last night’s 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, and suddenly the last wildcard spot seems like a real possibility. A big reason for the team’s recent surge is Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly, who has been a clutch performer for the Avalanche of late. His goal and assist last night added to what has been an impressive run for the Clinton, Ontario-native. In his last 15 games, the two-way center has two goals and 12 assists.

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O’Reilly signs on with Avs for two more years July 24, 2014

The Colorado Avalanche locked up one of their prized centermen yesterday, signing Ryan O’Reilly to a two-year extension worth a reported $12 million. In 2013-14, the 23-year-old set career-highs in both goals (28) and points (64). Drafted 33rd overall in 2009, O’Reilly has become one of the top two-way centers in the league, and also captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy last year after taking just one minor penalty in 80 games played.

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O’Reilly takes home Lady Byng Trophy June 25, 2014

After taking just one penalty all season long, Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly was named the winner of the 2013-14 Lady Byng Trophy, handed out to the player who best demonstrates gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The 23-year-old had a breakout season for the Avs, setting career highs in goals (28) and points (64).

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O’Reilly garners Lady Byng nomination April 23, 2014

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, Wednesday, the award given to the player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The two-way centerman took just one minor penalty all season, becoming just the second player in NHL history to accomplish the feat in at least 80 games played. O’Reilly, who registered a career high in points (64), also led his team in goals (28) and the entire league in takeaways (83). 

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O’Reilly seals victory for the Avs March 13, 2014

In a battle between two of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche came away victorious, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2. Ryan O’Reilly scored the winning goal halfway through the third period, and would go on to be named the second star of the match. The 2009, 2nd round pick is on pace for a career year this season, scoring 25 goals and 28 assists in 64 games thus far.

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O’Reilly named first star in Avs victory March 03, 2014

5th year center Ryan O’Reilly tallied a goal and an assist in the Colorado Avalanche’s 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.  It has been a breakout year for O’Reilly in the goal-scoring department, currently 5 ahead of his best total of 18 in the 2011-12 season, with 23 games left to play. The 2009 2nd rounder has been on a tear in his last three games, posting 2 goals and 3 assists in that span.

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