Jim O'Brien (ice hockey)

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Jim O'Brien
Born (1989-01-29) January 29, 1989 (age 25)
Maplewood, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right[1]
KHL team
Former teams
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2007
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2009–present

James Patrick O'Brien (born January 29, 1989)[2] is an American professional ice hockey player. O'Brien is currently playing with Russian club, Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

O'Brien played junior hockey for the United States National Under-18 Team in the NAHL from 2004 until 2006. He then entered the University of Minnesota and played a season of hockey as a 17-year-old. He had to receive an exception to play in university hockey; he was the youngest player in US college ice hockey.[3][4]

O'Brien was drafted 29th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.[5] O'Brien played defense before switching in high-school to "play as a power-forward center-ice man"[3] His final Central Scouting rank was 38th.[3] He was picked by Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray because "size matters".[4] O'Brien is a strong skater, he blocks shots and he is a penalty killer.[6] It was the third year in a row that the Senators picked a US-born player.[7] They picked Nick Foligno 28th overall during the 2006 NHL Draft,[8] and Brian Lee ninth overall in 2005.[9]

O'Brien played the following 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons with the major-junior Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. On March 30, 2009, he turned professional, joining the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate.

O'Brien made his National Hockey League debut on December 31, 2010, dressing for the Senators in an away game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[10] He played a total of six NHL games with Ottawa during the 2010–11 NHL season, registering 11 shots on goal, no points, and two penalty minutes.[11] O'Brien was returned to Binghamton and was a member of the 2011 Calder Cup championship team.

O'Brien returned to Binghamton for the 2011-12 season after attending Ottawa's training camp. He was called up to Ottawa in February 2012 and scored his first NHL goal on February 15, 2012, against the Florida Panthers.

On July 18, 2012, the Ottawa Senators announced that they resigned O'Brien to a two year contract.[12]

At the conclusion of his second contract with the Senators, O'Brien was not offered a new contract and signed his first contract abroad with in the Russian KHL with Metallurg Novokuznetsk.[13]

Personal[edit]

O'Brien was among a small group of Senators' players who had planned on attending the 2013 Boston Marathon. O'Brien and the other players had originally intended to be at the marathon's finish line during the time at which bombs exploded, killing and injuring several spectators and runners. Scratches for that night's game against the Boston Bruins, the players changed their plans at the last minute and elected to return to their hotel for a nap instead. "Sure enough I wake up from a nap and have a bunch of text messages. I turn on the TV ... it was just a twist of fate. It's definitely something that's hard to think about it. Thank goodness we didn't go", said O'Brien.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 USNTDP NAHL 40 10 12 22 41
2005–06 USNTDP NAHL 13 6 10 16 14
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 43 7 8 15 51
2007–08 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 70 21 34 55 66 12 2 6 8 14
2008–09 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 63 27 35 62 55 5 1 0 1 10
2008–09 Binghamton Senators AHL 6 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 76 8 9 17 49
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 74 24 32 56 67 23 3 4 7 12
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 27 7 7 14 10
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 28 3 3 6 4 7 0 1 1 0
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 29 5 1 6 8
2013–14 Binghamton Senators AHL 51 11 18 29 46 2 1 1 2 2
NHL totals 63 8 4 12 14 7 0 1 1 0

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Preceded by
Nick Foligno
Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Erik Karlsson