Ryan O'Reilly simply doesn't care about scoring as much as he does about playing a 200-foot game, which is why his offensive production has ranged between 55 and 64 points for the past four seasons. As a testament to his all-around ability and consistency, he led all NHL forwards with 21:27 of ice time per game and won 58 percent of his faceoffs -- the second straight season he's led the league in minutes and the fourth straight season he's improved his efficiency in the dot. O'Reilly was leaned on heavily in all situations, and he'll play a similar role for the 2017-18 season. One minor point of concern is the 26-year-old's durability; after missing just two games in his final two seasons with Colorado prior to joining Buffalo, he's missed 21 games over the past two campaigns. When healthy, O'Reilly is a strong candidate for the Selke Trophy as well as a reliable secondary scorer in fantasy.
O'Reilly was voted by his teammates as the MVP, The Buffalo News reports. O'Reilly's win comes at no surprise after finishing second on the team in scoring with 55 points and leading the league in ice time among forwards. His on-ice leadership and two-way play has earned the respect of many around the league, and he'll represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships in France and Germany. With captain Brian Gionta set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and a contract extension unlikely to come as the Sabres continue to build around their young core, O'Reilly is a leading candidate to inherit the mantle. Even though he's not an elite scorer, O'Reilly is still a valuable fantasy asset because of his 1,039 faceoff wins this season, which is only second to Patrice Bergeron's 1,089. With a healthy Evander Kane and Kyle Okposo on his flanks, he should be able to crack the 60-point mark next season.
O'Reilly has answered the call and will represent Canada at the World Championships, The Buffalo News reports. This will be the fourth appearance for O'Reilly at the Worlds, and he will likely be the team's third-line center behind Mark Scheifele and Claude Giroux. He was an injury replacement for Canada at the World Cup, and despite failing to register a point in six games, O'Reilly was one of the team's most reliable two-way players. He'll assume a similar role under Team Canada head coach Jon Cooper.
O'Reilly scored a shorthanded tally to hit the 20-goal mark during Monday's loss to Toronto. The Buffalo captain has now registered 20 goals both seasons as a Sabre, and he's proven to be a reliable scorer with four straight 50-point campaigns. However, he hardly moves the needle in the peripheral categories with just 10 PIM, 20 hits and a minus-1 rating this year. He has shown an uptick in shot volume this season with 184 shots through 69 games, though. Still, while O'Reilly remains a solid fantasy asset, his upside is capped due to his underwhelming supporting statistics.
O'Reilly scored a goal and recorded three shots on net during Friday's shootout win over Anaheim. The veteran is turning in another solid offensive campaign with 17 goals, 47 points and 168 shots through 62 games. However, it's worth noting that O'Reilly provides little in the supporting categories. He has just 10 PIM, 18 hits and owns an even plus-minus rating, so the lack of peripheral coverage hurts his stock in certain settings. Still, he logs huge minutes (21:39 per game with 3:06 on the power play), so you can rely on his offensive production.
O'Reilly led off the scoring with a goal 6:19 into the first period of Sunday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. The Sabres jumped out to a 3-0 lead, only to have their hopes crushed by the reigning champs. O'Reilly notched a point for the fourth straight game, and a goal for the third straight, with six points in that four-game span. Despite being on a low-scoring team, he's been red hot and deserves a fantasy start as long as this streak continues.
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