O'Brien signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Capitals on Monday. The 24-year-old has spent most of his pro career with AHL Hershey, posting 15 goals, 28 points and 118 penalty minutes in 74 games during the 2018-19 season. The Nova Scotia native has an opportunity to earn a roster spot with the Capitals come training camp if there's significant roster turnover during the offseason, but he's a negligible fantasy asset until he can garner a consistent role in the NHL.
O'Brien was placed on waivers for the purposes of loan to AHL Hershey on Saturday. O'Brien had a shot to stick with the Caps after a decent training camp, while an injury to Travis Boyd (lower body) opened the door for the Capitals to roster another natural centerman to start the season, but that role appears to have gone to Jayson Megna. The burly O'Brien will report to Hershey should he pass through waivers unclaimed.
O'Brien is running out of time to establish himself as a full-time NHL player, JJ Reagan of NBC Sports Washington reports. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014, O'Brien faces stiff competition for an NHL roster spot and risks being labeled as a "career AHLer" according to Reagan's speculation. The 24-year-old is an imposing physical presence, but offers little in terms of offensive upside and will have trouble besting the likes of Travis Boyd, Shane Gersich or the newly signed Sergei Shumakov for a spot on the opening night roster. The window for an NHL career (and fantasy relevance) is fast closing for the Nova Scotian.
O'Brien signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Capitals on Friday. The total value of the deal is $1.3 million. O'Brien avoids arbitration by penning this contract. The depth center has been limited to 17 NHL games since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, but the Capitals lost Jay Beagle to the Canucks through free agency, which seemingly brings O'Brien one step closer to a notable role at the top level.
O'Brien has elected to go to arbitration Thursday. O'Brien netted a career-high 17 goals in 69 games with AHL Hershey this season but has only mustered five penalty minutes and a solitary shot in four NHL starts over the last two seasons. The 23-year-old forward is likely to remain in the minors for the balance of the 2018-19 season.
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