Mike Reilly was drafted as an undersized defenseman in 2011 by the Columbus Blue Jackets, but he has grown since then while maintaining the skills that the team's scouts saw in him.
The scouting staff urged GM Scott Howson to select Reilly because of his superb skating ability and his excellent vision, so the Jackets took him in the fourth round of the draft at No. 98. He now stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 170 pounds and is playing for Team USA at the World Junior Championship. "I always had skill, but people couldn't see past my size," Reilly said. "I get that. I understand. It's taken me time to grow. That's just how I am; it's hard to put on weight and keep it on. But I think I've grown a lot since they drafted me, in a lot of ways. And this tournament ... it's been a great experience for me ' in ways that people might not even realize." Reilly is skating in his first season with the University of Minnesota, where he has posted 10 points in 17 contests. He's probably at least a few seasons away from making any sort of impact at the NHL level though.