The O’Reilly Factor

There are 13 games on the NHL platter today. Our advice is to pick up a young man who isn’t playing in one of them.

Avalanche C Ryan O’Reilly — an 18-year-old rookie — ranks second on the team with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists). He is also +13. He is tied for the lead in rookie scoring with sizzling Flyers LW James van Riemsdyk.

Of course, JVR has only played in 11 games, compared to 17 for O’Reilly.

The other silver lining to O’Reilly: He plays center, he doesn’t get a whiff on the power play, and he is 18 — so there’s no telling how long his current hot streak will last.

Here’s what we do know: The Avalanche (12-3-2, 6-0-0 at home) host the Oilers tomorrow night. Reilly (26.1 percent owned in ESPN leagues, 20 percent in Yahoo!) will be in our lineup.

He should be in yours too. After all, there are only two Sunday night games: Oilers at Avalanche and Blues at Thrashers. Reilly has scored in 10 of his last 13 games, and we are confident he will not cool off Sunday night.

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