#25 in white is Blair Riley, playing for Ferris State. Riley was signed by the Springfield Falcons today, which is a very interesting item. Riley is 6.02, 220 and 24-years old. This past season he blossomed offensively (40gp, 18-20-38) and was listed by Redline report as one of the most sought after college free agents this spring.
Quoting Redline report Riley is a “thick, rugged winger with soft hands and a hair trigger release. At his best when battling below the circles and in front of the net. Lacks quick feet but knows how to use his limited speed judiciously.” He also “creates space by utilizing tremendous shielding abilities and strength on the puck.”
I’m not quite sure what “shielding abilities” means but look forward to seeing it. Riley’s signing is confirmed here and it’ll be interesting to see if he’s an AHL hire or if he’s in the Oilers plans. This kind of signing was exactly what I was hoping for here and here.