Mike Reilly

by couching on February 11, 2018
Mike Reilly - photo courtesy: wild.nhl.com

Mike Reilly, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 196

Born: 1993-07-13

Hometown Chanhassen, MN, USA

Drafted: 2011 by Columbus Blue Jackets, 98th overall









February 2018 – Reilly has found himself playing almost every night on the NHL roster, and he appears as though he’s going to stay there for the time being. While still just 24 years old, 9 points in 35 NHL games as a rookie doesn’t particularly jump off the page, and his deeper analytics suggest a potential possession issue with Reilly in the NHL. He may be a player the Wild attempt to waive next fall should his game not improve against top competition, but if he remains in the Wild lineup, it appears he may be used sparingly in favor of new additions or more advanced youth. The addition of Viktor Loov also adds another player the Wild can deploy on the backend. Will Scouch


April 2017 – This season was a big step forward for the sophomore defenseman in Iowa. He managed to get 17 games with Minnesota where he only registered a goal, but his CF% of 51.4% and xGF% of 57.61 were promising signs for him to step into a depth role next year, even if Minnesota’s xGF% as a team was quite high, those metrics are promising. His 12.19 GF%rel in Iowa was best on his team among Wild prospects, and he managed to score at nearly a point per 60 minutes of ice time, right at the top of Iowa’s defence core in that measure as well. With the expansion draft looming, a name like Matt Dumba or Jonas Brodin will not be returning, which potentially opens a spot for Reilly, barring any major UFA signings. Will Scouch


November 2016 – Mike Reilly has gotten off to a flying start with the Iowa Wild this tenure. The promising rearguard has six points through six games to go with four penalty minutes. If he’s not putting up points, he’s keeping other teams on their heels with his assertiveness shown every time he hops over the boards these days. Let’s see if this Mike Reilly sticks around. Edric Joseph


October 2016 – After an underwhelming start to the season, Mike Reilly has been sent back to Iowa for more AHL duty. Here’s hoping that the re-assignment will help him rediscover his on-ice confidence. Don’t be surprised if you see him back in Minnesota in the not too distant future though. He needs to find his stride at the major professional level though in order to make the impact on the score sheet that his talent demands. Edric Joseph


September 2016 – This very well may be your last chance to get Mike Reilly cheap. If you need an offensive spark on the back end, be sure to look him up. If he shores up his defensive inconsistencies there’s no reason for him not to get more ice time, thereby improving his chances of making an impact on the score sheet. He’s worked on building his body and will look to put it to good use towards a full season with the Minnesota Wild. Edric Joseph


April 2016 – After a forgettable start, Minnesota continued to scratch Mike Reilly for games five and six of the Western Conference quarter-finals against Dallas. It was a questionable move given Reilly’s propensity to serve as an offensive catalyst and the Wild have continued to struggle finding the back of the net against the Stars. Taking the team’s struggles throughout the series into account and his promising freshman campaign in Iowa, it makes one wonder what more he has to do to be given a proper opportunity in the near future. Edric Joseph


March 2016 – Updating a previous note, for three straight games, Mike Reilly has been healthy scratched. Prolonged inactivity only improves the likelihood he’ll be returned to the Iowa Wild. Even when in the lineup, his shot counts continued to underwhelm so hopefully he returns to either lineup in short order with renewed vigor. Edric Joseph


March 2016 – During your stretch run towards the fantasy hockey playoffs, you may want to think twice when considering Mike Reilly. He’s gone pointless in five games and has been a non-factor on offense having averaged less than a shot a game despite facing the likes of Buffalo and Toronto in that sample. As far as his long-term outlook, be patient, he can make for an excellent mail carrier down the road for the likes of Dumba or Suter when he finds some much needed consistency in his decision making and confidence.  Edric Joseph


February 2016 – In an unexpected twist to this season, Mike Reilly has been kept with the Minnesota Wild due to Jonas Brodin’s lower-body injury. As unfortunate as the injury is, it has bode well for Reilly as he’s yielded his first multi-point performance as a member of the Minnesota Wild. Let’s hope this new ice-time and the impressive showing are the change of pace the young rearguard has needed. He’s an offensive catalyst, and a move up the depth chart is just the chance he needs to show it with the big club. Edric Joseph


January 2016 – Reilly has been reassigned to Iowa after patrolling the Minnesota Wild blueline for four games. He’s certainly intriguing enough to get another shot down the road, as his talent demands it when another opportunity presents itself. Eighteen points through 35 games so far in Iowa sure gives potential fantasy owners something to look forward to but he needs to be more selective when picking his spots. Edric Joseph


January 2016 – After teasing his vast fantasy upside for some time, Mike Reilly has been called up to replace the injured Nate Prosser and is expected to see playing time. His progress in the professional ranks has been a transition but he’s definitely a person of interest after starring for the University of Minnesota. Edric Joseph


December 2015 – Mike Reilly's recent call up turned out to be a precaution as he was sent down almost as quickly as he was called up. After being a healthy scratched for four games he was referred back to the Iowa Wild of the AHL to gain more experience by way of playing time. Given his offensive acumen it's not unlikely that he'll be called up later in the season should injuries take their toll on the Minnesota blueline. The pivot has skills but his play without the puck has room for improvement. Edric Joseph


October 2015 – Since being demoted to the AHL ranks, Mike Reilly has been off to a rough start with a minus-seven through just eight Iowa Wild games so far. It’s made for an underwhelming way to kick off the campaign after being one of the later cuts from the Minnesota Wild training camp. Though plus-minus is a team statistic, his propensity to jump into the rush so often certainly hasn’t helped. Edric Joseph


October 2015 – Still fighting an uphill battle to make the club, Mike Reilly has been given a much needed chance on the Minnesota Wild’s second powerplay unit during the preseason. While not ideal, Reilly will truly need to seize the opportunity when playing with others that are ahead of him on the depth chart like Suter, Dumba, Spurgeon and Scandella. If he doesn’t flourish with the man-advantage playing time allotted, it’d be tough to make the case that he’s a viable NHL regular this season. Edric Joseph


September 2015 – Mike Reilly took to the ice for the Wild’s first prospect tournament game for this preseason and he showed that he hasn’t lost his stride in the offseason by producing two assists in a 5-2 win over Minnesota. His defensive contributions are still a work in progress but his calling card is his offense and it showed. More outings like this could definitely serve him well if Reilly looks to move up the depth chart and perhaps all-rookie team consideration when the time comes. Edric Joseph


July 2015 – Reilly elected not to sign with Columbus and instead became a free agent. Naturally he signed with Minnesota. He was born in Chanhassen and he went to the University of Minnesota, so his reasons are obvious. With Matt Dumba already on board, as well as Jonas Brodin and Ryan Suter – PP time will be hard to come by. Temper expectations these first couple of years. Dobber


April 2014 – Reilly is having an outstanding second season with the Minnesota Gophers of the NCAA. After putting up 14 points in 37 games last season, he has exploded with 32 points in 38 games this year, including two game-winners. He’s second on the team with a plus-22 as well.  Reilly has two twin brothers who are currently freshmen on the team (Connor and Ryan, both undrafted). Mike Reilly is a very gifted puck-moving defenseman with tremendous offensive capabilities. He’ll have plenty of time to fill out his frame and sharpen his defensive positioning. He won a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships, proving his posture under pressure. The Gophers are set to play in the semifinals against North Dakota on 04/10/2014. Chris Bagwell


May, 2013 – Mike Reilly is a puck-moving defenceman with great skating and elite vision. The once-undersized rearguard weighed in at 5-11, 160lbs on draft day, a big reason why he fell to the fourth round. Now 6-1, 177lbs, the knock on his size is no more and his great offensive instincts will be a great help to the back end of Columbus. He spent the 2012-2013 campaign playing with the University of Minnesota, where he led in rookie scoring with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 36 games. As one of the younger defencemen on the team, it was hard to find ice time. With overager and top defenceman Nate Schmidt now moving on, look for Mike Reilly to grab an opportunity to quarterback the powerplay next season. He will still need a few seasons to fully develop in Minnesota, but is the real deal. Kevin Won



Fantasy Outlook: C+

Could still salvage a bottom-pair role in the NHL, but the 24 year old will need to take a step forward should he wish to solidify a meaningful job.



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