The Blue Jackets drafted Reilly in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. In three seasons since then, Reilly has played 112 games over three seasons with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, notching 18 goals and 67 assists. He led the Gophers in scoring as a defenseman in 2014-15. Because he’s approaching the fourth June since he’s been drafted, Reilly could be approaching unrestricted free agent status, much in the same way that college players Blake Wheeler and Kevin Hayes did before him.
The Blue Jackets can offer something other teams couldn’t if Reilly were to go to free agency. As Portzline notes, Reilly could be in the Blue Jackets lineup this season if he signs, meaning that Reilly could burn the first season of his entry-level contract.