Cal O'Reilly

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Cal O'Reilly
Cal O'Reilly - Buffalo Sabres.jpg
O'Reilly in April 2016.
Born (1986-09-30) September 30, 1986 (age 30)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
NHL Draft 150th overall, 2005
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2006–present

Callahan O'Reilly (born September 30, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently on loan to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, while under contract to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cal's younger brother Ryan also plays with the Sabres.

Playing career[edit]

O'Reilly as the captain of the Utica Comets.
O'Reilly with the Predators in 2010.

O'Reilly grew up in the small community of Varna, Ontario playing minor hockey for the Huron-Perth Lakers (MHAO). After his minor midget season he was drafted in the 8th round (150th overall) by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2002 OHL Priority Selection. O'Reilly played the 2002–03 season with the St. Marys Lincolns Jr.B. team of the Western Ontario Hockey League (OHA), where he led all rookies in scoring and made the WOHL All-Rookie Team, prior to suiting up for the Windsor Spitfires the following season.

In his rookie season (2003–2004) O'Reilly struggled offensively out of the gate, scoring just 3 goals and tallying 18 assists for a total of 21 points, and was a -1 on the season, but was a strong defensive contributor on a defensively weak team, and also greatly improved his penalty killing and stick checking ability throughout this season. In the playoffs, O'Reilly dressed in 3 of the team's 4 games, tallying 1 assist and was a -minus 2. The following season (2004–05), O'Reilly came back as a man on a mission, tallying 24 goals and 50 assists, for a total of 74 points, finishing 2nd in Team Scoring, while also establishing the best plus minus rating on the team at +9, providing more evidence to O'Reilly's strong defensive game as a Centre. During the 2005 playoffs, O'Reilly helped lead the Spitfires to the second round, tallying 4 goals and 5 assists, for 9 points, placing him tied for second in team playoff scoring.

O'Reilly would return for the 2005-2006 OHL regular season as a third year Spitfire veteran to truly lead by example, setting the team scoring pace by tallying 18 goals and 81 assists (tied for 3rd in the league with Wojtek Wolski). The closest Spitfire trailed O'Reilly by 47 points (Ryan Garlock 20 goals, 32 assists, 52 points)

O'Reilly was drafted 150th overall in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He played with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2003–04 to the 2005–06 season. He made his NHL debut in 2008–09.[1] O'Reilly scored his first NHL goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on March 28, 2009.[2]

On July 7, 2011, O'Reilly signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators.[3] At the start of the following 2011–12 season on October 28, 2011, O'Reilly was traded from the Predators to the Phoenix Coyotes for a 4th-round draft pick in 2012.

On February 1, 2012, O'Reilly was picked up on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He made his debut with the team 3 days later against Boston Bruins. He recorded his first point with the Penguins on February 5 against the New Jersey Devils.

On July 16, 2012, O'Reilly signed a two-year contract with Kontinental Hockey League team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.[4]

After a successful debut season with Metallurg, due to injury O'Reilly failed to replicate his form and was released from his second year after only 14 games. On November 19, 2013, O'Reilly signed a standard player contract (SPC) for the remainder of the 2013-14 season with the Utica Comets of the AHL. He was instrumental in turning the Comets season around, scoring 45 points in 52 games in falling short of the playoffs.

On July 2, 2014, O'Reilly signed a contract with the Comets parent NHL club, the Vancouver Canucks on a one-year deal.[5] O'Reilly was returned on assignment to Captain the Utica Comets for the 2014–15 season.

On July 1, 2015, O'Reilly signed a two-year one-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres, worth $700,000 per year, uniting him with his newly acquired brother Ryan.[6]

Entering the 2016–17 season, O'Reilly continued his second year within the Sabres organization as the captain of AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He was recalled and featured in 11 games with the Sabres for 1 assist, however primarily remained with the cellar-dwelling Americans with 42 points in 47 games. O'Reilly was loaned by the Sabres organization to the Toronto Marlies on March 8, 2017.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Windsor Spitfires OHL 61 3 18 21 2 3 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 23 50 73 16 11 4 5 9 4
2005–06 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 18 81 99 8 7 3 8 11 0
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 2 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 1 0
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 78 18 47 65 20 4 1 2 3 0
2007–08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 80 16 63 79 22 6 1 2 3 0
2008–09 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 67 13 56 69 20 11 2 6 8 0
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 11 3 2 5 2
2009–10 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 35 9 31 40 8
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 31 2 9 11 4
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 38 6 12 18 2
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 5 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 22 2 3 5 2
2011–12 Portland Pirates AHL 5 1 1 2 0
2011–12 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 21 0 10 10 8 12 5 4 9 0
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 32 3 16 19 30 7 2 2 4 2
2013–14 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 14 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Utica Comets AHL 52 7 38 45 6
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 76 10 51 61 10 23 2 17 19 4
2015–16 Rochester Americans AHL 47 6 23 29 6
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 20 3 4 7 2
2016–17 Rochester Americans AHL 47 9 33 42 6
NHL totals 133 16 32 48 14

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