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Jim O'Brien | Winger

Team: New Jersey Devils
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200

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Jim O'Brien has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K with the New Jersey Devils.
The 26-year-old forward O'Brien has been a career minor leaguer, playing in just 63 NHL games since being drafted by Ottawa in 2007. Last season he split time with AHL Hershey and Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the KHL, scoring 12 points in 22 games in Russia and 29 points in 32 games in the American League. He is expected to however mainly be a depth player for AHL Albany. Jul 1 - 8:45 PM

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Senators coach Paul MacLean credits the team's strong farm system as the reason Jim O'Brien didn't make the team.

O'Brien inked a two-year, one-way deal over the summer. "I think he's a casualty of the Ottawa Senators doing a good job at the draft table and doing a good job of developing players," MacLean said. "They're players that have come after him and developed and they end up being better players. That's what it is." He had five goals and an assist in 29 games last season.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 10:42:00 AM

Jim O'Brien has cleared waivers and was assigned to Binghamton of the AHL.

With the emergence of both Mika Zibanejad and Jean-Gabriel Pageau there was no longer a place for O'Brien in Ottawa.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Jim O'Brien was placed on waivers Thursday.

The move isn't a surprise as he was believed to be an odd-man out among a crowded group at center. The Senators also placed goaltender Nathan Lawson, forward Corey Cowick and defenseman Tyler Eckford on waivers with the intention of assigning them to the minors.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 07:27:00 AM

Jim O'Brien might find himself on waivers next week.

He's sits behind Jason Spezza, Kyle Turris, Mika Zibanejad, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the team's depth chart down the middle. O'Brien scored a goal off his skate in Tuesday's exhibition win over Toronto. In 29 games last season, he notched six points and 38 shots.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 07:59:00 AM

Jim O'Brien scored the only Ottawa goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins Thursday night.

The power play marker was the fifth of the campaign for O'Brien, a figure that amazingly leads all Ottawa forwards and stands only one tally behind the injured Erik Karlsson for the team lead. Kaspars Daugavins and Zack Smith drew assists on the goal.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 10:00:00 PM

Jim O'Brien has inked a two-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators.

O'Brien scored three goals and six points in 28 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. He'll compete for a bottom-six forward spot during training camp.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 03:31:00 PM

Senators coach Paul MacLean has been happy with Jim O'Brien since he was called up on Feb. 3.

"Down the road right now is where he is right now," said MacLean. "That's where I would say at this point he's going to stay, in that third-, fourth-line centre spot, killing penalties. He's a right-handed centre, he can help us out." O'Brien netted his first career NHL goal on Wednesday.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sat, Feb 18, 2012 10:59:00 AM

Jim O'Brien potted his first career goal in Wednesday's win over Florida.

He posted three shots in a season-high 13:10 of ice time in the contest. O'Brien has skated in seven games with Ottawa this season and he isn't expected to have any fantasy value.
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 09:53:00 AM

The Ottawa Senators have called up Jim O'Brien.

O'Brien has seven goals and 14 points in 27 AHL games this season. He hasn't played with Ottawa since the 2010-11 campaign, but that could change on Friday.
Fri, Feb 3, 2012 05:58:00 PM

Jim O'Brien may have a very good chance to break camp with the Senators next season.

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray believes O'Brien has what it takes to be an NHLer. "I still think he’s got another step in him. I really think having the year he had down here will be a big benefit to him and with another good summer, he has a chance to be a real good role player, a determined, hard working kid who could be a match-up type centre or winger, used as a defensive type of guy who can also score some goals", said Murray. Despite the high praise, O'Brien doesn't figure to have any fantasy value going forward.
Sat, Apr 23, 2011 12:10:00 PM

Jim O'Brien has been returned to the AHL by Ottawa.

He has no points in six games at the NHL level this season. O'Brien might be recalled before Thursday's contest against New Jersey, but that decision will up to the team.
Source: Toronto Sun
Wed, Mar 16, 2011 02:36:00 PM

The Ottawa Senators have summoned Jim O'Brien from AHL Binghamton.

O'Brien has 18 goals and 44 points in 60 AHL games this season. He also has no points and two penalty minutes in five contests with the Ottawa Senators.
Tue, Mar 15, 2011 12:35:00 PM

To update two earlier notes, Jim O'Brien and Andre Benoit have been returned to the minors by the Senators.

O'Brien played in Wednesday's win over Florida in his most recent stint with Ottawa. He has no points in five games at the NHL level this season. Benoit appeared in three games with the Senators after being recalled on Feb. 17.
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 03:49:00 PM

Jim O'Brien has been called up for Wednesday's game against Florida.

He will fill in for Jesse Winchester, who is out with a lower-body injury. This marks the fourth timed O'Brien has been recalled this season from the minors. He has no points in four games.
Wed, Feb 23, 2011 07:08:00 PM

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