I collect stats to see what the data says. It's cold and analytical but it works.
Here's what I see with Lundmark and O'Reilly:
Lundmark: 6'0" 197lbs, 4 goals, 9 Assists in 21 games.
O'Reilly: 6'0" 187lbs, 2 goals, 9 assists in 31 games.
Both have scored 1 goal and 2 points on the power play. Both averaged 2 minutes of PP a game.
Biggest difference is Lundmark (Age 29) averaged 15:21 Minutes a game, and O'Reilly (Age 23) 13:37. Using TOI/G divisors, both have matching averages in PP points, PP Goals, and total Points per game averages.
The biggest difference is Lundmark's 2-way contract and to me, I think Nashville is willing to let O'Reilly walk in waivers. Why get a guy who's EXACTLY like O'Reilly if you think he's staying around?
Lundmark's sample size is considerably larger, and his most recent stats in Calgary...that saw him pull out about a .5 PPG average...have me more confident in his ability to handle a role. O'Reilly has shown flashes, but mixes those flashes in with long droughts of futility. Factor in that he can't win a faceoff to save his life...I think his days are numbered.
Cal should have been the one to go instead of Jones last year. I know because of waviers that wasn't possible but i can wish right. O'reilly is too much of a hit or miss player and honestly seems bored on the ice unless he has the puck. And the fact that my little sister can hit harder doesn't help much either.
Peverley was given every chance to succeed. The revisionist in all of us likes to wonder "what if," but the historian will point out that he was tried on the PP, on the top two lines, on the bottom two lines...he couldn't click, and from what I've heard, didn't have the greatest attitude to top it all off.
With that said, O'Reilly may be able to succeed somewhere else, as Pevs did. If it happens...good for him, just as long as it doesn't burn us personally. Sometimes a player needs a change of scenery, and I won't begrudge him that, if we have better options. We had\have better options than Pevs, and have better options than O'Reilly. Life goes on, brah.
For all those that say O'Reilly has been given a chance to play in the NHL, Lundmark has been around a lot longer and not proven to be of any worth just yet. Lundmark is a signing for Milwaukee, nothing more, nothing less. If we see him this year it means we have a ton of injuries and guys like Spaling and Halischuk did nothing in their call ups.