O'Reilly scored a pair of goals and had two assists in Sunday's win over the Oilers.
A dominant effort from O'Reilly, who logged 20:32 of ice time. The 25-year-old put up 21 goals and 60 points in his first season with the Sabres and appears destined for another successful season as the team's top-line center. Use him well.
O'Reilly will suit up for Opening Night on Thursday against the Canadiens, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
O'Reilly's return will be a boost to fantasy owners and fans alike as he slots into his normal spot anchoring both the Sabres' top line and their number one power-play unit. In his first year with Buffalo, the 25-year-old racked up 21 goals and 39 helpers, but was a minus-16 throughout the season. The center averaged 21:44 during the 2015-16 campaign which is comparable to the type of minutes you see from defenseman and contributes to his top-end fantasy value.
Though O'Reilly skated Tuesday, the
O'Reilly was dealing with some back spasms recently, but his presence at practice again Tuesday seems to suggest he's headed toward playing in the team's opener Thursday. The
O'Reilly (back) skated Sunday and is making good progress according to head coach Dan Bylsma.
O'Reilly exited last Wednesday's preseason contest because of the back issue, but the rest has reportedly helped him. More on his status should arise as the regular season opener nears but he's making good progress toward potentially being ready.