RPI senior defenseman Will Reilly signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced Wednesday.
The Penguins’ seventh-round selection in the 2017 draft Reilly had eight goals and 14 assists in 34 games this season, helping the Engineers to a fourth-place finish in ECAC Hockey and a first-round bye for the ECACH tournament that was eventually canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Reilly earned All-ECAC Hockey Second Team honors.
The team-leader in plus/minus at +14, he also led the club in powe- play points with nine (four goals, five assists). Averaging a team-high 2.53 shots per game, he had 27 blocked shots.
Reilly anchored a defensive unit that has allowed 2.55 goals per game overall and just 1.86 during ECAC Hockey play. RPI’s penalty kill of 86.0% ranked second in the league and 12th in the country. In 22 conference games, the former Nanaimo Clippers standout had six goals and 10 assists for 16 points, with a team-high +17 rating.
In 139 career games at RPI, Reilly notched 22 goals and 46 assists for 68 points.
Reilly became the 64th RPI player in program history to be drafted and the third to be selected by the Penguins, joining Matt Murley and Andrew McPherson, who were both taken in the 1999 draft.
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