Shortly after the pummeling at the hands of the Washington Capitals ended, the Bruins announced that they’ve made their first move of Trade Deadline Season, acquiring defenseman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators.
In exchange, the Bruins are sending Ottawa a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Reilly is a 27-year-old, left-shot defenseman. He’s played 40 games for the Senators this season, recording 19 assists in the process.
What do the Fancy Stats say?
Yes, the Fancy Stats say that this was an upgrade for the Bruins (especially when it only cost them a third a year from now).
Mike Reilly, acquired by BOS, is a quite effective offensive defenceman who has had pretty remarkable underlying results since joining the Ottawa Senators. His transition skills are strong, awesome offence-driving and primary assist rates too. #LetsGoBruins pic.twitter.com/4K8TnOHBmX— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) April 12, 2021
Reilly will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
The 6’ 2” defender is a Minnesota native and was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round back in 2011 (hey, that was a good year for the Bruins).
It’s unlikely that this is the only move the Bruins will make, but it’s certainly a decent start.
Welcome to Boston, Mike!