The Edmonton Oilers are in the running for another puck-moving college
defender and it appears they have a chance. Again! I’m not quite sure
what the Oilers (may) have here, so let’s check it out.
The 9 clubs Reilly meeting with: CHI, CBJ, DET, EDM, LA, MIN, MTL, NYR, PIT. Reilly officially becomes UFA on June 16.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 4, 2015
Kirk Luedeke, Pre-Draft 2011: Mike Reilly, D Shattuck St. Mary’s (HIGH- MN)–
Undersized defender has good skill and smarts, but has a long road
ahead of him. Short and slight, there isn’t much room to grow on that
5-11 frame of his, which is the primary concern we get when asking
scouts about him. He sees the ice well, is a strong skater and can
advance the puck effectively. He’s going to need to spend a lot of time
working on his strength, but should be a good player at the NCAA level.
Whether he has the talent and upside to overcome his lack of
size/strength remains to be seen, and he’s a risky guy. Could get a look
in the later rounds, but it will be interesting to see how Reilly
performs during the physical testing portion. Source
Columbus Blue Jackets selected him in the draft, No. 98 overall in the
fourth round. Scott Howson was the GM, Oilers fans were still swearing
at the Oil for passing on Boone Jenner (Howson’s Jackets took him in the
second round). The fourth round in 2011 is turning into a productive
one: J-G Pageau was taken by Ottawa, Johnny Gaudreau went to Calgary and
those scouts Edmonton was so mad at selected Tobias Rieder.
Reilly is a lefty and he becomes a free agent June 16. Edmonton has a chance.
NHL EQUIVALENCY (SCHULTZ V REILLY)
Well, Luedeke said he had a long road ahead of him and credit the young
man he found another gear or two. The Oilers are still a building team
and the price is an entry-level deal—there’s no draft picks involved.
What’s the worst that could happen? He’s so good someone loses their