This graph is the ES Corsi of all Avs players with 50min of time on ice with Ryan O'Rilly last season. Green is CS% with O'Reiily on the ice with them, and Orange is their CS% without them on the ice.
(Because Joomla is weird with big pics, here's a link to the full size graph, making it easier to read)
On Adrian Dater's podcast today I said I understood both sides of the debate from both sides (O'Reilly's and The Avs). Well this is a pretty strong (extremely strong) case that O'Reilly makes every other player on the Avs better (except, maybe, poor Davey Jones). In fact, as much as Avs fans drool over the kid, O'REilly is probably an underrated cog in the Avs machine. As I mentioned on the podcast, the loss of O'Reilly and McClement has really forced Paul Stastny into a 3rd line center's role (defensive zone face-offs and QualComp etc). Adding O'Reilly could help the Avs get more out of what is already tied up in a $6.6M investment too.
The more I look at the situation the ...