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[ nit-neuzugang ] Jim O'Brien / Belleville Senators

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Die THOMAS SABO Ice Tigers haben den US-amerikanischen Stürmer Jim O’Brien für die kommende DEL-Saison unter Vertrag genommen. Der 30-Jährige wechselt von den Belleville Senators aus der AHL nach Nürnberg.

Jim O’Brien wurde 2007 in der ersten Runde des NHL-Drafts von den Ottawa Senators gezogen und kam für die Senators und die New Jersey Devils zwischen 2010 und 2018 zu insgesamt 84 Einsätzen (acht Tore, sechs Assists) in der besten Liga der Welt. In der AHL bestritt der 1,91 Meter große Rechtsschütze 487 Spiele mit 111 Toren und 147 Vorlagen. In der Saison 2010/11 feierte er unter Cheftrainer Kurt Kleinendorst den Gewinn des Calder Cups im Trikot der Binghamton Senators.

2014 wagte O’Brien schon einmal den Schritt nach Europa und bestritt 22 Spiele (zwei Tore, zehn Assists) für Metallurg Nowokusnezk in der KHL. Zur Saison 2017/18 kreuzten sich die Wege O’Briens und Kleinendorsts erneut, als der Stürmer mit 13 Toren und 16 Assists aus 60 Spielen zweitbester Scorer der von Kleinendorst trainierten Belleville Senators wurde. Während eines Testspiels vor der vergangenen Saison zog sich O’Brien eine Verletzung zu, als ihm eine Sehne im Bein durch einen gegnerischen Schlittschuh durchtrennt wurde, kehrte aber vollständig genesen zurück und absolvierte noch elf Saisonspiele.

„Jim und ich haben eine gemeinsame Geschichte, die mit der Meisterschaftssaison in Binghamton begann. Er ist ein ehemaliger Erstrunden-Draftpick, der in allen Situationen eingesetzt werden kann und eine sehr gute Mischung aus Geschwindigkeit, Talent und Leidenschaft mit in unser Team bringt. Jim hat einen ausgezeichneten Charakter und ich freue mich sehr darauf, auch in Nürnberg mit ihm arbeiten zu dürfen“, sagte Ice Tigers-Cheftrainer Kurt Kleinendorst.

https://www.icetigers.de/spieler/jim-obrien-verstaerkt-den-ice-tigers-sturm/

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SCOUTING REPORT

Assets: Has good size for the center position, as well as two-way upside. Also displays some offensive ability. Can play the wing, too. Is adept at killing penalties.

Flaws: Has taken a while to develop his overall game, and he still has more facets of his game to improve. Lacks high-end offensive skills for the NHL level.

Career potential: Versatile depth forward.

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Talent Analysis

His 6'2 frame, strength and his ability to use to them to great advantage are O'Brien's strengths. While it is quite evident that he is still growing into his body, it's the immense potential of what he can do with it when he does that has many scouts taking serious notice. As good as O'Brien has shown that he can be in offensive situations, he's even better in defensive situations. He has the potential to become a very good defensive forward. His intelligence, willingness to block shots and the great care he takes in being responsible in his own end have helped make him an excellent penalty killer. He is also versatile in that he can play as a defenseman as well. O'Brien is an excellent skater combining powerful strides with deceptive speed. He isn't one to shy away from the physical side of the game and can deliver some very solid checks. With further physical development, O'Brien will become a more effective and intimidating presence on the ice.

Minnesota head coach Don Lucia's comment on O'Brien: "Jimmy, I think more than anything is extremely hard working, very dedicated and has high expectations for himself. You project players and where they are today but more importantly, where they can get to. Jimmy has a pretty good top-end where he can get to and I think he's going to get there with his dedication, commitment and work ethic."

 

Future

Projects as a solid, two-way physical checking forward who fore-checks effectively which is an important element to any successful team.


Read more at http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/jim_obrien/#UjwLWSfLubywMSBw.99

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