SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals center Cal O’Reilly has been named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for April.
O’Reilly registered three goals and six assists for nine points, along with a plus-5 rating, in five games for the playoff-bound Admirals. O’Reilly recorded a pair of three-point games – both against Chicago – tallying a goal and two assists each on Apr. 6 and Apr. 13, and also scored a goal in Milwaukee’s 3-1 win over Houston on Apr. 10. He finished up with an assist as the Admirals defeated Peoria, 4-0, on Apr. 15, closing out his rookie season with an eight-game scoring streak (4g, 9a).
In recognition of his achievement, O’Reilly will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Admirals home game.
A 20-year-old native of Toronto, O’Reilly led all AHL rookies with 47 assists and ranked tied for fifth with 65 points in 78 games for Milwaukee this season, his first pro campaign after three junior seasons with Windsor (OHL). Drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2005, O’Reilly finished fourth on the Admirals in goals (18) and second in points.
Other nominees for Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month include Albany defenseman Noah Babin, Chicago left wing Jordan LaVallee, Hartford center Brandon Dubinsky, Manchester defenseman Jeff Likens, Portland right wing Bobby Ryan, Rochester center Janis Sprukts, San Antonio defenseman Keith Yandle, Syracuse goaltender Dan LaCosta, Toronto left wing Robbie Earl, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton center Rob Schremp and Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss.