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February 16. 2013 6:03AM


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Cal O'Reilly spent the first six years of his pro career with the Nashville Predators organization.


That stability came to an abrupt halt this season, when O'Reilly was traded by Nashville to Phoenix after five games. Since then, O'Reilly has played for three more teams – two AHL and one more NHL (Pittsburgh), and has worn a total of five different jerseys this season.


While O'Reilly may not have enjoyed the stability he had for much of his career, this season certainly has given him an opportunity to play with a ton of great players.


And that has given O'Reilly an advantage when it came time to pick his fantasy team.


FORWARD


Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay), "He's an easy choice, just look at his goal total."


DEFENSEMAN

Shea Weber (Nashville), "He can do it all – put up points, hit and fight."


GOALTENDER

Pekka Rinne (Nashville), "He's so quick and agile. He's big, skilled and he can do it all as a goalie."


POWER PLAY SPECIALIST

Erik Karlsson (Ottawa), "He's having a great year and putting up points while quarterbacking that power play."


PENALTY KILL SPECIALIST

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), "He's very smart and really good with his stick."


SHOOTOUT SPECIALIST

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), "He has unbelievable moves."


ENFORCER

Brian McGrattan (Nashville), "He's a very tough guy."


AGITATOR/PEST

Matt Cooke (Pittsburgh), "Been doing it effectively for a long time."


HEAD COACH

Claude Noel (Manitoba-AHL), "I played for him in Milwaukee during my first pro season and I really liked him."


ALL-TIME GREAT

Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton, Los Angeles, N.Y. Rangers, St. Louis), "He's the best player that ever played. I loved the way he played and he did some unbelievable things."




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