Thursday, May 26, 2011

E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120: Mike Reilly #78

By Eldon MacDonald

78. Mike Reilly - “Mr. Peanut Butter” - D - USA

Vitals: Size - 5’11”, 178 lb.; Shoots left; born 13-Jul-93
Team: Shattuck St. Mary’s, HS MN
2010-11 Stats: 48-13-30-43-26

65 - NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings (52nd North American skater)
HM - Bob MacKenzie's June Poll of Scouts (HM = 61 to 85)
70 - The Scouting Report's Top 100
78 - E-Mac's 2011 NHL Entry Draft Top 120
93 - ISS per TSN
101 - Christopher Ralph's Top 210
Draft result:
98 - Columbus Blue Jackets

How do you like your peanut butter??? If your answer is smooth, you may like this Minnesota high school player a lot. Mike comes from a hockey family, his Dad (Mike Sr.) was drafted 140th in the 1977 NHL draft by Montreal, he and two older twin brothers (Connor and Ryan) are committed to the University of Minnesota and last but not least, his sister (Shannon) plays for Ohio State. What type of player is Mike, Jack Barzee from NHL’s Central Scouting had this to say about Mike at - - “He's smart, polished and effortless … just a highly skilled kid. Mike Reilly is like John-Michael Liles (Colorado Avalanche). He's dynamic and he never beats himself. If he does get beat, it's because the guy made a heck of a play on him. He's like a Timex watch, he just keeps on playing, keeps it simple.”

The downside to Mike is his size. He is slight and under-sized even for the Reilly family so the question you have to ask is, can he go into the gym and Leddyize (an under-sized fellow Minnesotan defenseman now playing for the Black Hawks who put in the hard gym effort to NHLize his body) himself for the NHL. If the answer is yes, you may have found yourself a power play quarterback, if no, just forget him. Third round (second round talent with a very high risk factor) is possible if you are a believer. Otherwise, you might just send a note to Mike telling him to study hard at the University of Minnesota for his career in something other than hockey.


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