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.

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  • 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.

Go figure.

Reilly is a lefty and he becomes a free agent June 16. Edmonton has a chance.


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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

  • Dwayne Roloson 35

    Cool. Might as well try. Just because Schultz hasnt been what we expected doesn’t mean this guy cant make it in the NHL.

    I’m just waiting for all the “duhhh schults didnt turn out so he wont turn out” comments.

  • YakCity1039

    I don’t understand the skepticism from Oilers fans. Just because Schultz has struggled doesn’t mean Reilly will. Every player is different. It’s a new era too. Schultz could rebound and be the two-way defenseman everybody thought he would be. If Reilly does sign here, it’s just another defender to add to the depth chart, which could allow PC to trade a guy like Marincin (although I don’t want to), Musil, Gernat, etc. Plus no one seems to be complaining about LaLeggia, even though we drafted him, and he’s considered an offensive defenseman. People need to get a grip.

    • Oilfred

      “Schultz could rebound and be the two-way defenseman everybody thought he would be.”
      You are joking right? No work ethics from Schultzy, no heart, no commitment, he is a liability. He could rebound if he wanted it more, but he does not want it AT ALL.

      • If the Oilers get him, then they could just let Schultz walk. I too see potential, but I see a lot more of I don’t care attitude. He may do well somewhere else as any other team would hold him accountable. Hard to say if his attitude will adjust with the new coaching staff or not. I am sure Mac-T’s Norris potential babble didn’t help him either. He may do well elsewhere, basically fired and that might wake him up. After this last decade of tomfoolery, we have no room for guys who don’t give their all each and every shift. Of the ones we keep, I think we will finally see some press box assignments and other forms of accountability , which has pretty much been non-existent with the previous regime.

        • bradleypi

          Lol you guys gotta be kidding when you say Schultz doesn’t care. Do you know him personally? You can’t actually think that a guy who has worked all his life to get to the nhl, finally gets there and then just gives up. Ridiculous. This team has been a train wreck for nine years and you guys heaping thd blame on Schultz is getting sickening. I can’t wait till he has a breakout year next season under coach McLellan who in my mind is gonna turn him loose. If any of you guys actually watched the Oilers games and not just highline on sports net you would see that the potential is there. I’ll be around to see how many of you jump on his bandwagon

    • Oilfred

      I don’t think anyone reasonable As Schultz becoming a two way defender. The hope was his offence would be above average or better and his defence would be competent enough to be a positive player on the whole.

      Unfortunately the offence hasn’t been good enough and the defence has been worse than even reasonable expectations.

      That said, you are bang on about Reilly. They aren’t clones. Grab the asset if you can and see what happens.

  • Raider Jesse

    “WAAAAAH one free agent signing from College turned into a #6 defensemam when I wanted Paul Coffey so I don’t want any more highly regarded prospects from college ever! Waaah”

    You people are buffoons.

  • Aitch

    It is difficult to see how Chicago loses this bidding war. Since the money will be the same from everybody, it comes down to situation.

    Chicago has open spots on the D and the veteran mentors.

  • ubermiguel

    Downside: takes up a contract spot. Too many contracts then we end up losing flexibility later in the year (remember how we had to trade to get Roy instead of taking him off waivers for nothing?).

    • Coppperhead

      He’s 6’1 now…. Do any of you watch hockey, or just read freaking articles… So many idiots. We don’t need him but Chicago does for some reason… Maybe he’s good.
      Watch the world championships by chance?
      Held his own and than some against some of the world’s best and nhlers… He’s good

    • Oilfred

      He’s 6’1 now. You can’t have to many D. Remember a few years ago when Brownlee noted all the centers on the system and said we had too many?

      Well we didn’t have enough.

    • Cheap Shot Charlie

      Don’t forget the Weber deal is on the back burner too…and maybe PK Suban (if we are willing to trade Hall)…and Dustin Byfuglien…and Tyler Myers…We might have so much defense that prospects are worthless.

    • CMG30


      You would actually turn down a freebee with this blueline???

      It’s not the size of the dog…

      He would cost nothing but a spot on the 50 man roster. In a few years if the Oil decide they don’t actually need him then he’s trade bait!

  • Coppperhead

    For fans of a franchise that has been in the toilet for almost a decade, we certainly seem to be getting sort of picky.

    This young player seems to have a decent level of skill and the cost of trying him out would be limited.

    • Coppperhead

      Would it not take up a spot on the 50 man list?? Is there no better bets out there to put on the 50 man than yet another small “skilled puck moving” college dman?

    • OtOil

      1) I’m NOT a fan of a crap team that is in the toilet. I am an Edmontonian, and Oilers fan. I expect quality, and performance. The exact same expectations that are on me when I go to work.

      2) This is Edmonton. Money isn’t a precious resource, time and effort are. If this kid sucks, then he’s sucking up two very valuable commodities.

  • Coppperhead

    Any chance we can dress this guy and Jultz in the same equipment and send them out there as 1 skater?? Maybe get Jultz to sit on his shoulders and he can use the stick and this guy can do the skating??

  • Coppperhead

    The list has 8 clubs pretty set on defence already going after this guy , yet only the Oilers have a poor defence in comparison to the rest . How come other poor club with limited or poor defences are not interested in his services if he is any good ? Surprised Flames are not interested . seeing as he appears to be the type they are looking for .


    we ran Petry and Dubynyk out of Town, we are working on getting rid of Schultz and now we are writing off a decent college player before we actually have him….GET A LIFE PEOPLE.

  • Lofty

    I doubt really this guy picks Edmonton. Is he American or Canadian? Concerns about US college D who may be a little light in the loafers have not gone over well in Edmonton and that’s a fact.

    Mayhap that is a function of a poor organizational development model, I’m not sure. At least he doesn’t involve trading valuable assets. With new management top to bottom the outcome may improve in keeping and developing young players. Let’s hope so.

    The off-season is becoming interesting-er and interesting-er.

  • Lofty

    First off, Chicago has dreadful cap problems. How are they going to offer this kid the max salary and max bonus package? The threat is Minnesota, his home state and university. They have the inside track. Of course we should go for him. Why do you think the best teams in hockey are after him? They have scouted him, but you guys, based on a 60 second video, know better.

    Yes, it would be better if he was a right handed shot and was a bit bigger but he obviously has NHL talent. The odds are against us, but with McDavid, a top GM and coach, loads of young talent and plenty of room for a good defender, you never know. Too bad we don’t have Krueger to go woo him.

  • OtOil

    I need to apologize to Dan Tencer. I was a harsh critic of his but after listening to him today I feel as though he was a product of his environment. He comes across as intellegent, well spoken with a level of integrity I didn’t know was there.i kinda wish he took over struds slot instead of Millard now.

  • CaliforniaOil

    Those spinoramas actually seem to be a future part of the game to me, the idea of creating space while fooling a defender into poke checking or moving forward into a hit seems like the way things are going, i think what patrick Kane has brought with the in game spinorama is something that we should actually pay attenntion tomwith Rielly, he is 6’2 which is decently large, he has great speed, agility, well rounded slapshot, plays against 18-24 year olds instead of 16-20 year olds, in a much more tight league when it comes to playing style, less games though which sucks, he seems competent enough defensively at the worlds i cant understamd why people say “oh look Jultz 2.0” the big difference with jutlz wasn’t as much of his puck-moving skills as much as his puck in the net skills, he joined the rushed almost 9/10 while with the Badgers but he was paired with a more aware defensively D partner who could cover him, The Oil didnt have that this year or last year, but i think with Rielly we will see someone who is much better at starting the play in our zone and giving it to someone who can finish it in the opponents zone, not try and paul coffey it end to end

  • OtOil

    With about $5m of cap space and needing a goalie and a dman or two I don’t know if we want to get into a bidding war for a player that can’t help right now.