Mike Reilly
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Mike Reilly

Hometown:

Chanhassen Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1993-07-13

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

4th round (98th overall), 2011

Weight:

163 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Mike Reilly played for the Academy of Holy Angels (MN), scoring 4 goals and adding 29 assists for 33 points in 24 games. In two playoff games Reilly scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points.

2010-11: Reilly played for Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school, scoring 14 goals and adding 34 assists for 48 points in 54 games.

2011-12: Reilly played for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees and had a breakout year with 83 points (59 assists) in 51 games. In the playoffs, he settled in defensively and only tallied eight points. He played for the US national U-19 team in the World Junior A Challenge and had an assist in five games.

2012-13: Reilly played 37 games as a freshman at the University of Minnesota and skated for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored 3 goals with 11 assists and was plus-1 with 14 penalty minutes as the Gophers finished first in the WCHA for the second straight year. Minnesota ended the season with back-to-back losses. Colorado College defeated the Gophers in the WCHA semifinals and Minnesota lost 3-2 to eventual national champion Yale in the NCAA West regional semifinals. Reilly’s twin brothers Connor and Ryan, who are a year older than Mike, were also freshmen with the Gophers (Ryan played in in eight games while Connor has yet to play in a game). Mike Reilly scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was plus-4 with 4 penalty minutes for the USA at the WJC in Ufa, Russia.

 2013-14: Reilly was named the Big Ten Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and a West First Team All-American following his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota. In 41 games he scored 9 goals with 24 assists and was plus-19 with 18 penalty minutes. The Gophers finished first in the regular season in the first year of the Big Ten and rebounded from a loss to Ohio State in the conference semifinals to reach the NCAA championship game. Minnesota defeated Robert Morris and St. Cloud State to win the West Regional and then defeated North Dakota 2-1 with a goal in the final second in the Frozen Four semifinals before falling to Union, 7-4, in the national championship game. 

Talent Analysis

Reilly is a great puck moving defenseman with good vision and a strong shot. His biggest improvements need to be on the defensive side of the game, starting with his positioning but that should come with maturity. Reilly has added 30 pounds to his once questionable frame since being drafted which has made him much more effective in his own zone. He has great instincts on when to the join the rush and excels on the power play.

Future

Reilly is now in his junior season at the University of Minnesota in 2014-15 along with his brothers, Connor and Ryan (both forwards). The Golden Gophers are once again one of the top teams in college hockey and Mike Reilly is among the team leaders in assists, points and plus/minus. His skill set and production suggest that he is ready to make the jump to pro hockey following this season but he is just likely to return for his senior season to finish out his career with his brothers. Reilly projects to being an offensive, top pairing defenseman at the NHL level one day.

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