The season is not yet over for Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart, as the Buffalo Sabres teammates will represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, which will take place in Russia beginning on May 6. Team Canada will face the United States in its preliminary-round opener.
The duo will travel to Prague, Czech Republic for Team Canada’s training camp prior to the tournament. O’Reilly will be participating in the event for the fourth time, as he helped his country capture the gold medal last year, while Reinhart will be making his initial appearance.
O’Reilly had a solid first season in Buffalo after being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche last June. The 25-year-old recorded 21 goals and 39 assists in 71 games, reaching the 20-goal plateau and 60-point mark for the second time in his career.
A native of Clinton, Ontario, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound O’Reilly has collected 111 goals and 195 assists in 498 regular-season games with the Avalanche and Sabres while notching three tallies and seven points in 13 playoff contests with Colorado. He has registered five goals and 13 assists in 25 games for Canada in his three World Championships.
The 20-year-old Reinhart completed his first full season with the Sabres after being selected with the second overall pick in the 2014 draft. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder from West Vancouver, who notched one assist over nine contests in 2014-15, recorded 23 goals – one fewer than team leader and fellow rookie Jack Eichel – and 19 assists in 79 games this past campaign.