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O'Reilly, Janus and Shields selected at entry draft

June 27, 2009 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Erie Otters News Release

The Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League selected Erie Otters forward Ryan O'Reilly with the 33rd overall pick in the second day of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft this morning.

O'Reilly was rated 39th overall in NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.

The second-year Otters forward finished the 2008-09 season tied for the Otters scoring lead with 66 points in 68 games.

"He's a special player,"said Otters General Manager and Managing Partner Sherry Bassin. "He's nowhere near the level he's going to be. He really accepts the challenge of getting better. He really believes in the team winning, not himself. I haven't had a kid that's so focused on preparation and just working on getting better. He's got such a work ethic you almost have to pull him away. We always talk about the will to prepare -- well, he's got a phenomenal will to prepare."

Two members of the Otters were selected in the sixth round of the Draft. Jaroslav Janus went 162nd overall to the Tampa Bay Lightning. At 168, the St. Louis Blues took David Shields.

The trio brings the total number of Otters selected at the NHL Entry Draft since Erie's first season in the OHL in 1996-97 to 32.

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