24-Year-Old Defenseman – Minnesota Wild
Mike Reilly Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract with the Wild in July of 2017.
Reilly had an assist in 10:30 of ice time in Friday's win over Colorado.
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Originally drafted in 2011 by Columbus, Reilly opted to go play college hockey at the University of Minnesota and thus ended up a free agent prior to last season. He stayed local, signing a two-year deal with the Wild, but the Hobey Baker Award finalist experienced a painful adjustment to pro hockey – he went a team-worst minus-27 (albeit with 23 points) in 45 games for AHL Iowa and managed only seven points over 29 games at the NHL level. That can be written off as an adjustment year, but Reilly’s college stats will only carry him so far; he has to show dramatic improvement in 2016-17 to earn a bigger, better contract when he hits restricted free agency next offseason. He’ll likely get the chance to spend this whole season with the big club, but could still be restricted to third-pairing duty with some power-play time. That makes Reilly much more interesting in keeper or dynasty formats than yearly leagues.
The Hobey Baker Award finalist was heavily pursued by a number of teams, but ultimately decided to sign with the Wild and remain in the state in which he played all three years of his collegiate career. Reilly, a two-time All-American, was stellar during his time at the University of Minnesota, leading the team with 42 points in 39 games as a junior. He has an excellent chance of making the Wild's roster out of camp.
A late growth spurt put Reilly on the prospect map, and the University of Minnesota blueliner now finds himself mentioned as a preseason contender for the Hobey Baker Award, awarded to the top NCAA hockey player. He's still a long way from the NHL, but Reilly has the skills to someday be an effective two-way defenseman for Columbus.
Offensively-talented blue line prospect Reilly will hone his game at the college level for the next few years.