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.
O'Brien received a qualifying offer Monday.
O'Brien logged three games for the Capitals in 2017-18. The rugged 24-year-old is likely ticketed for another season in the minors for 2018-19.
The Capitals reassigned O'Brien to AHL Hershey on Saturday.
O'Brien drew into three games during his stay with the big club, but he averaged just 6:55 of ice time during those contests, so his demotion doesn't come as much of a surprise. The 23-year-old forward projects to remain with AHL Hershey for the majority of the 2017-18 campaign.
O'Brien was promoted from AHL Hershey on Thursday.
O'Brien is off to a slow start for the Bears this season, as he has just two points in nine minor-league games. The center will now get a chance to make his 2017-18 debut, although coach Barry Trotz may just utilize him as an emergency depth option against the Islanders on Thursday. In a corresponding move, Anthony Peluso was sent down to the AHL.
Washington waived O'Brien (lower body) on Tuesday.
O'Brien was dealing with a minor lower-body ailment last week, but his placement on waivers indicates he's fully recovered from that injury. The 23-year-old forward was decent in the minors last season, notching 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 64 games with AHL Hershey, but he likely won't ever hold a regular spot in an NHL club's lineup.
O'Brien did not practice Tuesday and is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
O'Brien likely sustained the injury during Washington's loss to New Jersey on Monday night. With the young pivot already facing an uphill battle to make the Opening Night roster, this is certainly not the setback he needed, so he'll look to get healthy as quickly as possible in order to get back on the ice and continue his quest.
O'Brien finalized a one-year, two-way contract with Washington on Friday.
O'Brien has suited up in 14 NHL contests since going undrafted out of the QMJHL. In those outings, the center recorded one goal, one helper and 23 PIM. The 22-year-old accumulated 30 points in 64 appearances for AHL Hershey last season, and evidently the Caps have seen enough progress with O'Brien to sign him for another year. Given the departure of forwards Justin Williams (CAR) and Daniel Winnik (FA), a strong camp from O'Brien could land him a spot on the 23-man roster.
O'Brien was re-assigned to the AHL's Hershey Bears Tuesday.
O'Brien saw brief action on Washington's fourth line in Monday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens but recorded just one hit in the contest. The 22-year-old forward will look to build on the 21 points he has with the Bears this season as he hopes for another crack at the NHL ranks in the future.
O'Brien will be in the lineup Monday against the Canadiens
Called up due to the injury to T.J. Oshie (upper body), O'Brien should make his debut on the fourth line with Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson. The 22-year-old forward has five goals and 21 points in 28 games with AHL Hershey this season, but his fantasy value remains limited unless he can carve out a meaningful role during Oshie's absence.
O'Brien was promoted from the minors Friday.
With the Capitals relatively healthy all season long, they have not needed to carry their full 23-man assembly of players, instead opting for just 22. That strategy has changed with the call-up of O'Brien, which could mean the team is starting to pick up some of the bumps and bruises that come with an 82-game season. The 22-year-old has tallied five goals and 13 helpers in 28 minor-league contests and could be worth keeping an eye on in dynasty formats.
O'Brien was released by the Capitals on Monday.O'Brien played just 13 games with the Capitals last season, and his 45 AHL games didn't produce much either. The 21-year-old center collected just eight points (four goals, four assists) with AHL Hershey, and has now become a free agent. Given his age, it's quite possible another team will sign O'Brien as organizational depth.
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