O'Reilly, who has placed on waivers Thursday, was not claimed by any team, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports. It's not exactly surprising, though the last time the Sabres waived their fourth-line center, Derek Grant, the Predators claimed him. Through 11 games with the Sabres, O'Reilly has not made much of an impact, averaging 7:56 per game and registering just one assist with a minus-6 rating. It's a big drop from last year, when he scored seven points in 20 games for the Sabres while averaging 11:11 per game, including 1:57 on the power play. The Sabres are looking for quality depth, and it's clear O'Reilly isn't part of the solution. His fantasy remains almost nil.
O'Reilly will not play Thursday against the Rangers, the Olean Times Herald reports. O'Reilly hasn't produced much since getting called up from AHL Rochester, producing just one assist in seven games. He played less than five minutes against Dallas prior to the All-Star break and a little over six minutes against Montreal on Tuesday. Nicolas Deslauriers will take his place as the fourth-line center with Tyler Ennis and William Carrier on the wings.
O'Reilly was brought up from AHL Rochester on Monday. O'Reilly has fared significantly better in the minors this season, as he has racked up 34 points in 36 outings -- second highest on the team. In the NHL, however, the 30-year-old has appeared in a mere four contests and failed to secure a single point. With Johan Larsson (wrist) done for the year, O'Reilly figures to be the Sabres' fourth-line center for the bulk of the remaining games.
The Sabres assigned O'Reilly to AHL Rochester on Saturday. O'Reilly's demotion suggest Jack Eichel (ankle) may be ready to return to the Sabres' lineup as soon as Tuesday against the Senators. However, if Eichel isn't available for that contest, O'Reilly will likely once again be recalled to the big club to round out Buffalo's depth at forward. The 30-year-old pivot has failed to tally a single point in four games with the Sabres this season.
O'Reilly was recalled from AHL Rochester on Saturday. With the demotions of Evan Rodrigues and Nicholas Baptiste on Friday, it would appear that the 5-8-4 Sabres are trying to shake things up with the promotions of O'Reilly and Cole Schneider. The 30-year-old pivot hasn't played in the NHL yet this year and hasn't scored more than seven points in a season since the 2010-11 campaign, so he isn't exactly a hot fantasy commodity.
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