31-Year-Old Center – Minnesota Wild
Cal O'Reilly Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Saturday in July of 2017. The deal is worth $700,000 in the NHL and $375,000 in the minors.
O'Reilly was sent back to AHL Iowa on Sunday.
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O'Reilly was signed to a two-year, one-way contract by the Sabres this summer, possibly as a favor to younger brother Ryan, who was acquired by the team in a blockbuster deal on draft day. The elder O'Reilly hasnít appeared in the NHL since the 2011-12 season, and has scored just 41 points in 113 career NHL games. The 28-year-old center is a proven scorer in the AHL, having led Utica in scoring last year with 61 points in 76 games, but will provide only a depth role on the Sabres. His offensive instincts are good enough to make him a candidate for the second-unit power play if he sticks with Buffalo, but don't expect him to provide much in 5-on-5 situations.
O'Relly's promising 2010-11 season was cut short in January when he sustained a broken fibula during a game against the Blue Jackets. At the time, he was seeing a more prominent role on the team filling in for the injured Matthew Lombardi on the team's top line, and had 18 points (6G, 12A) in 38 games. This season, O'Reilly is more likely to settle into the No. 3 center spot behind Mike Fisher and David Legwand, so be sure to adjust your fantasy expectations accordingly.
Cal has spent the majority of the past five seasons with AHL Milwaukee, but did see 31 games for the Preds in a callup role last year, registering 11 points (2G, 9A). O'Reilly plays more of a checking-line role whenever he's needed, so his fantasy appeal is somewhat limited.