The Buffalo Sabres have struggled to remain healthy throughout the 2015-16 season, both from returning players to the lineup and from newly acquired pieces like Ryan O’Reilly.
The team has already seen centre Zemgus Girgensons move on and off the injured reserve list throughout the year, with forward Evander Kane spending chunks of time missing in action, blue liners like Mark Pysyk and Zach Bogosian hitting the IR list, and starting goaltender Robin Lehner missed nearly the first half of the year with an injury of his own.
Now, O’Reilly will join fellow forwards Tyler Ennis and Cody McCormick, sitting out with an injury of his own on the IR list heading into the final week of February.
The Sabres confirmed on Sunday that O’Reilly would miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury that held him out of the team’s contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now, he’s officially being placed on the team’s IR list to make room for a call-up – which, ironically, will be his own older brother Cal O’Reilly.
Drafted 33rd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2009, O’Reilly boasts 17 goals and 49 points for the Sabres this year. That’s good for the team lead in scoring, although rookie Jack Eichel – who boasts 41 points of his own this year – could pass him up while the older skater is out with an injury.