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Predators trade Cal O'Reilly to Phoenix

Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 7:26 pm
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COR1By: Adam Gretz

It wasn't that long ago that Cal O'Reilly was an up-and-coming prospect in the Nashville Predators organization, and today he's been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

In 85 games over the past three seasons the 25-year-old O'Reilly scored 11 goals and added 24 assists.

Said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, “We are very excited to bring Cal to our organization. He is a young, highly skilled player who will help us at the center position. We look forward to having him in our lineup very soon."

The problem O'Reilly ran into in Nashville was that he was simply caught up in a numbers game at this point and was passed over by a number of young players, as well as veteran center Mike Fisher who was acquired prior to last year's trade deadline. The Predators, for all of their struggles offensively this season, have some solid depth down the middle with Fisher and David Legwand, as well as rookie Craig Smith, currently tied for the team lead in points, and fellow youngster Blake Geoffrion. Somebody was going to be the odd man out, and seeing as how O'Reilly has been a healthy scratch at various points throughout this season, it's not much of a surprise that he ends up drawing the short straw.

For Phoenix it's a nice example of buying low on a talented young player that still has a bit of upside, especially when it's at a position of weakness at the NHL level.

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todaynew1
Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 2:00 pm
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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Predators trade Cal O'Reilly to Phoenix

I think this is a steal for the 'yotes. Ive been a big fan or O'reilly since he was in Jr, does have great skill but i think this will turn out similar (not the same by any means) as Grabner and Vancouver. Grabner had no chace of securing a top 6 roll with the Canucks, however once he got put on to a roll where he played regularly he became a legit goal scorer (see last years stats) I think this may be the same in the Coyotes system, its still remains to be seen where exactly he will play but i can see him getting more mins then he did in the deep (esp @ C) Predators system.


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Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:58 pm
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Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:30 am
 

Predators trade Cal O'Reilly to Phoenix

Pheonix trading for another center means that Kyle Turris is on his way out!  Mark it down.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Predators trade Cal O'Reilly to Phoenix

For a 4th rounder?   Nice pickup for the Coyotes, thought he might have been worth a little more.    Nice job by Maloney imo.   Nashville is deep, they just don't have high end talent.   They're still going to need a couple top6 forwards to get home ice in the West imo. 


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