Ryan O'Reilly (ice hockey)
February 7, 1991 |
Clinton, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|NHL Draft||33rd overall, 2009
Ryan O'Reilly (born February 7, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who plays for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. He is the younger brother of former NHL player Cal O'Reilly.
O'Reilly grew up playing hockey near his hometown of Varna, Ontario with the Seaforth Stars of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. He then moved up to the AAA level playing for the Huron-Perth Lakers of the Minor Hockey Alliance starting in Minor Atom in 2000–01. Touted as one of the most talented prospects to come out from the Lakers, O'Reilly then played one year of minor midget hockey with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in 2006–07 after playing six years of Lakers hockey.
Ryan started playing Junior for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League after he was the recipient of the Jack Ferguson Award as the first overall selection in the 2007 OHL draft. In his rookie season in 2007–08, O'Reilly put up a solid 52 points in 61 games and was named the Otters Rookie of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player while also earning Erie's nomination for the Bobby Smith Trophy. In the following year, Ryan backed up his rookie year with 50 assists and 66 points in 68 games for the 2008–09 season, and his allround game was noticed when he was named the Western Conference best Penalty Killer.
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.
Suffering an offensive plateau midway through the season, O'Reilly anchored his position as a top defensive forward and penalty killer. He led the Avalanche in ice time on the penalty kill culminating in posting two short-handed goals during a double minor penalty against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 2, 2010, to become the first Avalanche player in history to achieve two shorthanded goals in a game. Ryan finished his rookie season with the Avs, scoring 26 points (8g/18a) in 81 regular season games before making his post-season debut in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on April 14. On April 18, 2010, he scored his first career playoff goal, posting the game winning tally in Colorado's Game 3 1-0 overtime victory over San Jose. He was credited with the goal after inadvertently deflecting Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle's pass attempt from an improbable angle into the net past Evgeni Nabokov to put the Avalanche ahead in the series 2-1.
In his second professional season in 2010–11, O'Reilly remained entrenched on the shut-down third line for the Avalanche. On November 19, 2010, he appeared in his 100th NHL game against the New York Rangers in a 5-1 victory. In scoring 8 goals in his last 18 games, O'Reilly was able to match his rookie season contribution of 26 points and led the team for a second consecutive season in takeaways with 72.
In the following 2011–12 campaign, having established himself as the leading defensive center on the Avalanche, O'Reilly developed his two-way game and increased his offensive production playing alongside rookie line-mate Gabriel Landeskog. This was recognized as he was named as the NHL's second star of the week for November 28 to December 4, after contributing with 7 points in 4 games and was leading all Avalanche forwards in ice time. On January 12, 2012, he appeared in his 200th career NHL game, scoring a goal in a 3-2 overtime defeat to the Nashville Predators. Despite missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season, O'Reilly lead the League and set an Avalanche record with 101 takeaways. He also more than doubled his points output for his previous two seasons combined to topscore on the Avalanche with 18 goals and 55 points.
As a Restricted Free Agent in the off-season, O'Reilly's protracted contract negotiations with the Avalanche were halted by the expired CBA agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA which incurred the 2012–13 NHL lockout. With the lockout cancelling the start of the season O'Reilly, in joining his brother Cal, surprisingly signed a two-year contract with Russian Kontinental Hockey League club Metallurg Magnitogorsk, on December 7, 2012. Unlike the exodus of NHL players joining European leagues on short term contracts, O'Reilly signed a two-year contract with the conditional opt out clause in returning to the NHL if an agreement with the Avalanche was met. O'Reilly made his debut for Magnitogorsk in a 5-3 victory over Atlant Moscow Oblast on December 19, 2012.
Despite an end to NHL lockout announced on January 12, 2013, O'Reilly was still unable to come to terms with the Avalanche and initially continued to play in Russia to miss the opening of the shortened 2012–13 NHL season. On January 24, citing an ankle injury suffered through his 12 games with Metallurg, he mutually terminated his contract in Russia and returned for rehabilitation to North America. At an impasse with the Avalanche a month into the season, O'Reilly was training with junior OHL team, the London Knights, when he ended his holdout on February 28, 2013, by signing 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.
Regular season and playoffs
|2006–07||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||GTHL||50||31||43||74||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||OPJHL||1||1||0||1||0||4||2||0||2||0|
|Junior int'l totals||16||5||11||16||0|
|Senior int'l totals||15||3||4||7||4|
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