Mike Reilly
Mike Reilly
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Reilly was poised to be a sneaky producer for Montreal entering last season. After being acquired at the trade deadline during the 2017-18 campaign, the Chicago native produced eight assists in 19 games for the Canadiens. With Shea Weber (knee) starting the 2018-19 season on injured reserve, there was an opportunity for Reilly to assert his offensive-minded game while logging 20-plus minutes of ice time per contest. However, the duo of Reilly and Noah Juulsen ended up being Montreal's weakest pairing. As a gifted puck mover, Reilly is at his best when on the attack, but his defense leaves a lot to be desired. Coach Claude Julien felt he was inconsistent, lacked good decision-making and turned the puck over far too often, so he eventually made the switch to Brett Kulak on the second pairing, with Reilly sitting 18 of the final 19 games of the campaign. The Habs did, however, sign Reilly to a two-year deal in June, so he'll presumably have a spot in the lineup in 2019-20. That said, he likely won't be a reliable source of offense from the blue line, and can safely be ignored in all fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Canadiens in June of 2019.
Garners assist in season debut
DMontreal Canadiens
October 10, 2019
Reilly had an assist, one hit and one blocked shot while finishing plus-2 over 14:09 of ice time in Wednesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Sabres.
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Reilly made his season debut Wednesday along with Christian Folin on the third pair, replacing Cale Fleury and Brett Kulak. That may have been due to the 40 shots per game opponents had over the Canadiens' first two games. The move seems to have worked as Montreal allowed just 25 on Wednesday.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:08
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
20:12
1:40
0:09
2017–18
12:21
1:37
0:03
2018–19
18:41
1:25
0:30
2019–20
14:08
0:00
0:00
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Reilly heads into the 2018-19 season highly motivated after averaging more than 20 minutes per game in 19 contests with the Canadiens. Acquired from Minnesota, Reilly dished out eight assists, including two on the power play, and played a lot of top-pairing minutes. He looks like an adequate fit to pair with Shea Weber, but Weber will be out until December with a knee injury. It's less likely he lines up with Weber's fill-in, Jeff Petry, as it leaves the team lacking in its own zone. Reilly's brings offensive upside, and it should get him playing time on the second-unit power play, but he'll need to be paired with a responsible type during even-strength situations, likely Jordie Benn or Karl Alzner.
Reilly will compete for a final spot on the blue line. The 2011 fourth-rounder is coming off a 2016-17 season in which he logged one goal in 17 games with the Wild and 30 points over 57 contests for AHL Iowa. He has some upside on offense, but he'll need to improve on defense to carve out a steady role.
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.
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Signs two-year deal
DMontreal Canadiens
June 26, 2019
Reilly agreed to terms on a two-year, $3 million contract with Montreal on Wednesday.
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Earns qualifying offer
DMontreal Canadiens
June 24, 2019
Reilly was given a qualifying offer from the Canadiens, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Disappointing finish to 2018-19
DMontreal Canadiens
April 13, 2019
Reilly finished the year on the outside looking in, as the defenseman dressed only once between Feb. 26 and the end of the season.
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Notches game-winner
DMontreal Canadiens
January 24, 2019
Reilly scored a goal on two shots along with a minor penalty in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
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Healthy scratch Thursday
DMontreal Canadiens
January 11, 2019
Reilly was a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Blues.
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