O'Reilly scored his first two goals of the season, both of them on the power play, Tuesday against Vegas.
After playing over 20 minutes in just one of his first five games, O'Reilly has now played at least 21 minutes in his past two games, including 26:56 in an overtime loss against Vegas. The veteran forward is now seeing his average ice time creep back over 20 minutes, and his first two goals now gives him four points in seven games. After a bit of a slow start, it looks like O'Reilly is back on track and hitting his stride. He made a promise to increase his offensive production this season and should make a run at topping 60 points.
O'Reilly finished Sunday's 3-1 win over Anaheim with an assist and a plus-1 rating.
O'Reilly has had a slow start to 2017-18 -- his third as a Sabre -- notching two assists and going without a goal through six games. That said, O'Reilly is playing over four minutes per game on the man advantage, where he's scored 16 goals and 46 points over the past two campaigns, so it shouldn't be long before he gets back on track. It should also be noted, however, that Jack Eichel is leading Sabres forwards in ice time and O'Reilly is averaging 19:36 per game, the first time he's averaged less than 21 minutes per game since moving to Buffalo.
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 its 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 is 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, 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.