According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Chicago Blackhawks are in the mix for University of Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly.
Portzline has also tweeted that Pat Brisson is acting as a “family advisor” for Reilly. Brisson, of course, represents both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, as well as a handful of the game’s other top stars.
Reilly, who will turn 22 in July, was a fourth round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011. He was named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player this season after posting six goals and 36 assists in 42 games for the Golden Gophers. Reilly is a two-time All-American, the reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and also won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He is currently competing with the United States at the World Championships.
Reilly is four years removed from his draft year, but has only played three years at Minnesota. That makes him eligible to test unrestricted free agency if he does not sign with the Blue Jackets 30 days after he leaves school, which would be June 1. He has the option of returning to Minnesota for his senior season, but made the decision to go pro in early April.
Hockey’s Future rates Reilly the top defenseman in the Columbus organization.