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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