SYRACUSE – Ryan O'Reilly has one Lady Byng Trophy to his name. He has a chance for another.
The Buffalo Sabres forward is one of three finalists to win the Lady Byng, awarded to the NHL's most gentlemanly player who also shows a high standard of ability. O'Reilly was announced Friday night along with Florida center Aleksander Barkov and Vegas center William Karlsson.
Voting was done at the conclusion of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and the winner will be announced June 20 at the NHL Awards Show.
O'Reilly had just one penalty this season, the fewest among any player with at least 41 appearances. He also recorded 24 goals and 61 points. He set the NHL record with 1,274 faceoff wins.
O'Reilly won the Lady Byng with Colorado in 2013-14. The only Sabres player to win the award was Gilbert Perreault in 1972-73.
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