Jim O'Brien
Jim O'Brien
Senators - Centre
NUMBER: 18
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
WEIGHT: 200
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE: 29/01/1989
AGE: 25
BIRTHPLACE: Maplewood, MN, USA
DRAFTED: OTT: 2007-29 overall
A skilled forward with good on-ice awareness, James O'Brien has a good work ethic. He handles the puck well and has a good wrist shot. O'Brien was the youngest player in Division I college at the University of Minnesota in 2006-07. A product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, he won a silver medal at the 2007 World Under-18 Championship.
2011-12: Skated in 27 games for Binghamton (AHL), ranking 10th in team scoring upon his Feb. 3 recall to Ottawa with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) ... Following recall, remained with the Senators for the balance of the season ... Scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 15 at Florida (6-2 win) ... His goal represented the first occasion since 3/16/04 that three Senators first-round draft picks from the same country (Foligno ’06 and Lee ’05 earned the assists) contributed to the same goal ... Registered the first game-winning marker of his NHL career on Feb. 26 vs. N.Y. Islanders (5-2 win) ... Led Senators rookies in plus-minus (+6) and was the lone Ottawa rookie to register a plus rating this season ... Recorded one assist (the primary assist on Turris’ overtime winning goal in Game 4) in seven playoff games against the N.Y. Rangers. 2010-11: Was a member of Binghamton’s Calder Cup -winning team, seeing action in 23 playoff games … Set professional career highs during the regular season with 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points … Recorded first professional hat trick on 2/18/11 in 6-2 win over Charlotte ... Became the first member of the Senators to make his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets, playing 6:57 with three shots in a 4-3 overtime loss at Columbus (12/31/10). 2009-10: Played his first full pro season, appearing in 76 games for Binghamton with eight goals and nine assists. 2008-09: Made professional debut and recorded first professional point with an assist after joining Binghamton following the end of the WHL season … Scored a career-high 27 goals and 62 points with Seattle Thunderbirds … Represented the United States at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa. 2007-08: Scored 21 goals and 55 points during his rookie season with Seattle. 2006-07: Was the youngest player in Division 1 hockey during his freshman season at Minnesota … Won a silver medal at the world U-18 championship.