O'Brien was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Thursday, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports. O'Brien was recalled earlier in the week, but didn't see any game action during his time with Colorado. The former first-round pick will likely remain a recall option for the remainder of the season.
O'Brien was recalled by the Avalanche on Tuesday. Despite hearing his name called by the Senators in the first round (29th overall) of 2007 draft, O'Brien has failed to garner a full-time role in the NHL -- he's only appeared in 67 career games -- and it's clear that the 27-year-old has topped out as a call-up option. In this case, he'll assume the spot of Rene Bourque, who has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body ailment.
O'Brien has been returned to the minors, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports. O'Brien was a first-round (27th overall) draft selection in 2007, but the 26-year-old hasn't been able to hang onto a stable role in the NHL. In 67 career games at that level, he's produced just eight goals and four assists -- that makes him little more than organizational depth at this juncture.
O'Brien has been recalled from AHL Albany. O'Brien has contributed seven goals and five assists with the Baby Devils this season but has yet to make his season debut at the NHL level. A number of forwards that regularly play for the parent club are on the shelf -- including Michael Cammalleri, who is on injured reserve with an upper-body ailment -- so O'Brien gets the call as an insurance option.
Jim O'Brien signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Devils on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
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