O’Reilly signed a two-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche worth $12 million on Tuesday. He just completed his best season to date, scoring 28 goals and totaling 64 points. The deal carries a $6 million cap hit.
Jakub Voracek is entering the second half of a four-year deal he signed after the 2011-12 campaign. He has not disappointed in the two years since that deal.
During the lockout-shortened season, Voracek scored 22 goals and totaled 46 points in 48 games. Both were career highs for him.
Voracek came back for the 2013-14 season and set new career-highs in goals (23), assists (39), and points (62). Although his most recent season can be viewed as a decline, Voracek has nonetheless shown he is a top-line wing, who has several great seasons left in the tank.
O’Reilly and Voracek are comparable on several differents levels.
Both of them are similar in age. O’Reilly, 23, and Voracek, 24, have also mirrored one another in their scoring. Voracek has 157 points in 208 games since the 2011-12 season. O’Reilly has shown the same offensive prowess totaling a respectable 139 points in 190 games in the same span.
At first glance, Voracek appears to be the better scorer, but a closer look proves different. Voracek has averaged 0.75 points per game over the last three seasons. O’Reilly is not far behind him, averaging 0.73 points per game.
There is no reason to think Voracek cannot put up 60 points year after year with Claude Giroux. While some of Voracek’s numbers are a result of Giroux, Voracek has the talent to create his own chances. During the first-round series against the Rangers, Voracek was often the best forward on the Flyers.
Skip to the 2:41 mark to watch Voracek power his way to the net.
It is not only his scoring that raised eyebrows, but his superb passing as well.
Around the league, players who score more than 60 points are year are guaranteed $6 million a year. Stars like Logan Couture, Milan Lucic and O’Reilly will all make $6 million for the next few years. Jakub Voracek can join that club if he produces another strong season.