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Red Wings select Ryan O’Reilly with no. 98 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

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No, not that Ryan O’Reilly.

2018 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Red Wings take USHL power-winger Ryan O’Reilly at 98th overall.

The Vitals

Age: 18
Hometown: Southlake, TX
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 201 lbs
Position: C/RW

Elite Prospects

Ranked #196 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
Ranked #137 by FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
Ranked #115 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #84 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #58 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)

Analyzing the pick

“Kids like this are the product of the north stars being moved to dallas.. he’s a big kid, missed some time.. Needs to work on his skating, but he can really score.”
-E.J. Hradek, NHLN

O’Reilly missed some time due to mono this season, but he’s got a lot of tools to be a potential scoring winger. He’s committed to the University of Denver next season, which is a big step into a competitive division of the NCAA. Wicked shot, plays with a physical edge. Will need to work on consistency, but that will come with more playing time.