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.
O'Reilly scored one of his team's two goals in a 4-2 setback against Ottawa on Monday. Consistency, thy name is O'Reilly. In the past five seasons in which he's played 70 games or more, he's finished with between 55 and 64 points, and barring two big games to end the year, he'll make it six, as he's currently on 58 points. He produces little to nothing outside of points, but his consistency at finding the scoresheet in three of four games ensures that his value remains intact.
O'Reilly enjoyed a three-point night Saturday, adding a power-play goal to complement another man-advantage assist and an even-strength apple in a 7-4 road win over the Predators. O'Reilly skated for 22:45 which was easily the highest output among Sabres forwards, plus he effectively nailed down his 12th multi-point outing of the season. With four games to go for the Sabres, O'Reilly could be an excellent value play down the stretch as most of the attention naturally will be on the playoff-bound teams.
O'Reilly scored a goal and added an assist during Monday's 5-3 win over Toronto. The Buffalo assistant captain has now marked the scoresheet in four consecutive games to improve to 19 tallies and 30 helpers for the campaign. He should cruise past last season's 55 points, especially with his increased offensive role while Jack Eichel (ankle) is out of the lineup. Fantasy owners shouldn't overlook O'Reilly's shortcomings in the secondary statistics, though. He's sporting a minus-10 rating and hardly tilts the scales in the PIM, hit and blocked shot columns.
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