O'Reilly managed a secondary power play-assist Wednesday, but the Blues lost to the Canadiens on the road, 3-2. O'Reilly has a cushy job as a top-line center for the Blues. He's been logging over 21 minutes of ice time per game, as his team reaps the benefits of his prowess on the power play and in the faceoff circle. Entering Wednesday's game, O'Reilly had won 76 of 113 draws for a 67.3 winning percentage in the dot. He went 11 for 19 in this latest contest, which was as an off-night by his lofty standards.
O'Reilly tallied three assists -- including two on the power play -- with four penalty minutes and four shots on goal in Saturday's 5-4 loss to Chicago. O'Reilly is off to a strong start with his new squad, dishing out four helpers in his first two games with St. Louis. It's become clear in the first two games that he will be a vital member of the top power-play unit, totaling over 10 minutes of power-play ice time so far this season.
O'Reilly turned in one goal and five shots on net in Friday's 3-1 preseason win over the Stars. Finally, O'Reilly and winger Vladimir Tarasenko struck chemistry by opening the scoring 31 seconds into the second period. Both guys are exceptional talents, so jelling together is the last step. O'Reilly now has two points in four preseason games and will have a chance to add to that total in Sunday's preseason finale against the Capitals.
O'Reilly was dealt from the Sabres to the Blues for Vladamir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, Tage Thompson, a first-round pick in 2019 and a second-round pick in 2021, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports. The Blues suffered another disappointing early playoff exit last season, so they decided to pay a pretty hefty price to add a center to hopefully get them over the hump. O'Reilly is coming off his best, and healthiest, season with Buffalo, notching 24 goals on 230 shots and adding 37 assists. The 27-year-old is still in his prime, and he will be playing with better talent on the Blues than he had around him with the Sabres. O'Reilly will likely slot in as the second-line center behind Brayden Schenn, pushing the newly acquired Tyler Bozak down a line in the process.
O'Reilly will be an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. O'Reilly is coming off his third 60-plus point campaign, although he recorded the worst plus/minus (minus-23) of his career. Considering no member of the Sabres who played in 10 or more games registered a positive rating, it's hard to put all the blame on defensive struggles on the Ontario native. With the additions of Casey Mittelstadt and (presumably) Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo should be significantly improved in 2018-19 and O'Reilly will stand a good chance of challenging for another 60-point season.
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