The Washington Capitals’ GM Brian MacLellan announced yesterday the club has re-signed forward Liam O’Brien a one year, two way contract worth $700,000.
The 24 year old native of Halifax, Nova Scotia has played for the Hershey Bears for the last five years after signing with them as an undrafted free agent back in 2014. Despite originally going undrafted, he’s had a fair amount of success with the organization and an alternative captain while scoring 108 points and earning 555 penalty minutes over the course of 311 games with Hershey. As the Capitals have obviously become an organization interested in postseason success, it’s worth highlighting how he his time with the organization saw him score 13 points (eight goals and five assists) in 44 AHL playoff games, which includes his time as a member of the 2016 Hershey Bears team that reached the Calder Cup finals.
While he’s not going to be a superstar and didn’t see any playing time with the Capitals last season, he’s made 17 appearances with the Caps with his debut coming in a game against Montreal on October 9, 2014. In the AHL, he ranked number five at Hershey in terms of goals (with 15) and was second in penalty minutes (118). The 2017-2018 season was his most successful campaign yet, however, as he scored 26 points (17 goals and nine assists) over the course of 69 games and racked up 79 penalty minutes.