It’s safe to assume Ryan O’Reilly is living his best life at the moment, at the very least his best life as an NHL player. He was the best 200-foot player in the NHL last season and the best player over the most important two months of the schedule. That put him right up there with the best players in the world through the entirety of the 2018-19 season. Losing no longer follows him around, nor does the notion that he’s underrated. And the St. Louis Blues don’t win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history without him.
Yes, O’Reilly ticked off a good number of bucket-list items in 2018-19: Prove the disaster in Buffalo wasn’t entirely your fault. Check. Be a beast in the playoffs. Check. Buy someone you’ve never met a new guitar the day before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston....
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