Ryan O'Reilly moving to the wing
Ryan O'Reilly will be playing left wing this season for Patrick Roy's Colorado Avalanche, and, in an interview with Adrian Dater of The Denver Post, he says he is "excited" about it.
Here's what O'Reilly had to say about the move:
"I’m excited about it. I’m looking at it as a good new challenge for me. I mean, I’ll be playing with two great players (Matt Duchene at center and P.A. Parenteau at right wing). I’ve played on the wing before, with Canada in the World Championships (skating with Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal) so I’m not totally unfamiliar with it."
O'Reilly added that he knew "something would have to be done" after the Avalanche drafted Nathan MacKinnon, also a center. When asked to describe his feelings about Roy as the new head coach, O'Reilly said this:
"I mean, it’s great. He’s all about winning. I’ve talked with him and I came away feeling really good. He brings so much passion to the game. It can’t help but rub off on you."
O'Reilly is set to join the Avalanche at training camp in September after missing several games last season due to contract negotiation issues.