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The Capitals have announced that they signed forward Liam O’Brien to a three-year entry-level contract. O’Brien was a free agent invitee to both development and training camps. While other free agents invited saw little time as soon as the main camp started, O’Brien stayed with the Caps all the way, scoring five points (one goal and four assists) as well as getting 17 penalty minutes (including three fights) in five preseason games.
While his NHL potential requires further examination with larger sample size, O’Brien was an energy plug Caps needed at times during the preseason. Despite his young age, he set the tone on the ice by pushing the play to an offensive zone and getting to the dirty areas.
His hard work paid off late in the pre-season as he participated in some big plays. O’Brien assisted on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s beautiful goal against Carolina and scored a third-period game-tying goal in an overtime win over the Bruins.
— Liam O'Brien (@OfficialBigTuna) October 6, 2014
Via the Caps:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed free agent forward Liam O’Brien to a three-year, entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
O’Brien, 20, registered 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) and 148 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) during the 2013-14 season. The 6’1”, 210-pound left wing finished the season ranked first among Huskies skaters in penalty minutes, third in goals, sixth in points, tied for ninth on the team in assists and 10th in the QMJHL in penalty minutes. In 261 career QMJHL games with Rouyn-Noranda and Rimouski, O’Brien registered 95 points (42 goals. 53 assists) and 493 penalty minutes.
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