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02-08-2013, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by NHL33 View Post
Oh, you mean like when O'Reilly burst out offensive the second half of his sophomore season, which plenty of Avs fans including myself were skeptical of, and then continued that into his third (and breakout) season?

Yes, if only O'Reilly had shown some indication of that underrated offensive talent of his!

He went through a bit of a hot streak. He does that. Even last year, his offense was incredibly streaky. Frankly, if he HADN'T had that late season streak, his second year would have been a disaster on the offensive side of the puck (wasn't he on a huge point drought for a month and change before heating up?). Last season was no different. He would go through hot periods where he would put up 7 or 8 points in a 2 or 3 game span, and then nothing for half a dozen games. He actually finished last season pretty cold offensively.

McDonagh came up in January. Within two weeks, he made Michel Rozsival (a guy who, while expensive, had been a fixture on the Rangers' blueline for years) expendable. The very thing that distinguished McDonagh is the very thing that worries me about O'Reilly--consistency. McD has it. RO'R (at this point) does not.

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