As it turns out, the 2013 season has often been miserable for the Colorado Avalanche – with or without Ryan O’Reilly. The former holdout told the Denver Post that he fell short of the mark too often this year.
“I thought it felt good for the most part at the start, and then it kind of took a dip and now I can’t seem to find the net right now,” O’Reilly said. “Obviously, we’ve needed some goals and then I get a goal lapse. I had a job to step into and didn’t do it. It’s disappointing. I’m supposed to do the job, and I didn’t do the job.”
The 22-year-old thinks it will all come down to work hard in the offseason (and not just in Las Vegas).
“There’s no more excuses, and it starts with us, and it starts off the ice this summer,” O’Reilly said. “I don’t want to jump ahead, because obviously we’ve still got some games to play. But yes, I need to have a big summer and recover from some injuries that haven’t prevented me from playing, but haven’t made me any better. So I’ve got to take care of those and then regroup and come back strong next year.”