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O’Reilly: Shifting to left wing is ‘a good new challenge’

Aug 10, 2013, 12:35 PM EST

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When the Colorado Avalanche took center Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, it created a logjam up the middle. The Avalanche’s new head coach, Patrick Roy, quickly revealed that he would address that issue by shifting Ryan O’Reilly from center to the left wing.

O’Reilly knows that change is something he’ll need to get used to, but he thinks he’ll make the adjustment.

“I’m excited about it,” O’Reilly said, according to the Denver Post. “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 wasn’t caught off guard by Roy’s decision either. He knew the Avalanche would need to make an adjustment after drafting MacKinnon. It also probably helps that he thinks highly of Roy.

“He’s all about winning,” O’Reilly said. “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 missed part of the 2013 campaign because he was holding out as a restricted free agent. In the end, he had six goals and 20 points in 29 games.

  1. polegojim - Aug 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Challenge or not… it’s time for OReilly to EARN his money after all that drama.

    Didn’t do so much last season after the hostage situation he put the Avs under.

  2. zacmelvinmcnutt - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Yeah no kidding, this guy is really gonna have to start putting up some points in order to stick around

  3. renojustin - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Thumbs up if you came here thinking Bill O’Reilly was becoming a democrat.

    • katteeblog - Aug 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Right? WTH. That would be a headliner though!

  4. bauldrdash - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Am I the only one who thought BIll O’Reilly from fox news because of the headline?

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