39. Ryan O'Reilly

Ryan O’Reilly was a 2nd Round Pick in 2009, and he would shockingly make the opening day roster, making him the youngest player in Avalanche history.  As a rookie, O'Reilly had 26 Points, a number he would repeat the following season.  2011-12 would be a nice season for O'Reilly, who scored 55 Points.  People around the NHL were noticing his solid two-way play, and he would finish 14th in Frank J. Selke Trophy voting. 

O'Reilly held out for much of the 2012-13 season, and in his full season return (2013-14), he would have a 64 Point campaign, which would be his best in an Avalanche uniform.  He would finish sixth in Selke voting and would win the Lady Byng as a testament to his clean style of play.  O’Reilly would play one more year in Colorado, where he would have 55 Points.

He would be traded to the Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 offseason.  Overall, the Center scored 246 Points with only 64 Penalty Minutes.

Ryan O’Reilly would later have the best season of his career where he won the Frank J. Selke, Conn Smythe and the Stanley Cup in 2018-19 with the St. Louis Blues.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 33rd Overall in the NHL Draft 6/26/09.
  • Departed: Traded to the Buffalo Sabres with Jamie McGinn for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and Buffalo's 2015 2nd Round Pick (which would later be traded to the San Jose Sharks who would choose Jeremy Roy) 6/26/15.
  • Games Played: 427
  • Notable Statistics: 90 Goals, 156 Assists, 246 Points, 64 PIM, .58 PPG, -13 Plus/Minus, 22.8 Point Shares, 4 Points in 13 Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Lady Byng Trophy (2014)
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