MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota assistant coach Mike Guentzel has coached plenty of players who went on to become NHL defensemen in his time with the Golden Gophers.
Since becoming an assistant coach at Minnesota 20 years ago, Guentzel has seen players such as Jordan Leopold of the St. Louis Blues, Paul Martin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alex Gologoski of the Dallas Starsand Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche come through the program en route to the NHL.
Reilly, a sophomore, is a late-bloomer who finally is starting to add some pro size to his already elite skill.
"When I was in ninth grade I was about 5-foot-4 and about 100 pounds," Reilly said. "Ever since then I've just kept growing and getting stronger. There's still a lot of muscle I can put on. I'm just focused on putting on the correct muscle."