Mike Reilly and his Resurgence for the Montreal Canadiens

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OTTAWA, ON – DECEMBER 06: Montreal Canadiens Mike Reilly (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Mike Reilly’s reinstatement to the Montreal Canadiens lineup is proving to be a wise move by Claude Julie, as he has a bigger upside than David Schlemko.

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 for the third time in two weeks last night. While I, and all other Habs fans, am still baffled by the two refereeing blunders, I’d like to direct your attention to Mike Reilly.

The 25-year-old defenseman was acquired in February from the Minnesota Wild for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick. While he was a mainstay in the defensive corps last season, he has found himself as the odd-man-out on a few occasions this season, being a healthy scratch for seven games.

He missed the 7-1 thrashing the team suffered at the hands of his former team but was back in the lineup against the Carolina Hurricanes. David Schlemko is the victim of Reilly’s reinstatement. I was personally thrilled when I learned of this change in the defensive corps because I have always quite liked Reilly and never really warmed up to Schlemko.

Schlemko had been a mainstay with the Montreal Canadiens since his return from injury, and I never understood why. Players that, in my opinion, are more talented and reliable than the 31-year-old missed out on games because of his presence. The former San Jose Shark is not really that good at anything. He is susceptible to defensive blunders and does not provide much of an offensive threat, producing a mere 2 assists in 15 contests.

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