The Anaheim Ducks have signed prospect Andrew O’Brien to a three year entry level deal.

Last season,  O’ Brien was a physical force on the blue line for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens while providing timely offense in his second QMJHL season. In 68 regular season games during the 2011-2012 campaign, he scored 8 goals with 21 assists and was +2, as well as placing third on the Sangueneens with 95 penalty minutes. In 67 games this year, his production slightly dropped, posting only 2 goals and 16 points, but did sit in the penalty box for 113 PIM, second on the team to Liam O’Brien.

O’Brien was Anaheim’s fourth round selection (108th overall) during the 2012 NHL entry draft. Not expected to get drafted at all, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defenseman is described as hard-hitting, as his highlight reel is comprised more of fights than it is goals or assists. O’Brien has the potential to become a physical shutdown D in either the NHL or AHL, and is one of the best 6’3 skaters you’ll find that can also punish you with his hits.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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