Marlies Take A Chance On Former First Round Pick
BY MATT AUGUST 25, 2023 (10:52)
O'Brien was selected 18th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. Five picks earlier Philadelphia drafted Joel Farabee, who has turned out to be a solid NHLer. Farabee already has a 20 goal season in the books for his young career. Unfortunately for O'Brien things haven't gone as smooth.
It was announced in April that the Flyers will not be signing O'Brien making him a UFA this summer.
The 23 year old O'Brien, was drafted out of high school from Thayer Academy. He scored 24 goals in his first year and followed that up with a 43 goal, 27 assist campaign in 2017-18.
The Hockey Writers went into depth on what they saw from O'Brien heading into the draft.
O'Brien has spent the last three seasons with Boston University, putting up good numbers but nothing spectacular for a former first round pick.
The signing is a low-risk one for both parties. If O'Brien can find his game in the AHL, different NHL teams could offer him an NHL deal. For the Marlies it's only one-year, and the potential is there to make it work out.
DO YOU THINK JAY O'BRIEN WILL EVER PLAY NHL GAMES?
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|YES, STILL YOUNG CAN GET THERE||27||58.7 %|
|NO, HE'S OFFICIALLY A BUST||3||6.5 %|
|CAREER MINOR LEAGUER||16||34.8 %|
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