MOSCOW, December 16 (R-Sport) – Former Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly is raring to get on the ice for his new KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The 21-year-old signed a two-year deal with Metallurg earlier this month, joining his older brother Cal and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin at the team in the Ural mountains.
He arrived Sunday, and appears to be pumped for his first appearance despite an exhausting flight.
“I just flew in from Toronto to London, London to Moscow, Moscow to Chelyabinsk and now I’m here in Magnitogorsk,” O'Reilly said in comments to the team’s website.
“It’s been a long, long flight, but I’m excited to be here, excited to be on the ice, play some real games.”
O'Reilly may make his KHL debut on Wednesday, when Metallurg travels to the Moscow region town of Mytishchi to face Atlant.
However, he is unlikely to play alongside his brother soon, as Cal O'Reilly dropped out with a back injury that will likely sideline him till the end of the season.
Ryan O'Reilly spent three seasons with the Avalanche, scoring 39 goals and 68 assists in 236 NHL games, and was the team's top scorer last season.
Metallurg stands fourth in the KHL's Eastern Conference.