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07-18-2012, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by IranCondraAffair View Post
If I was a scout, I'd have a really hard time trying to figure out O'Brien. He is such a weird prospect to project.

For one, he was originally a defenseman and gets switched to centre.

Secondly, he goes from USNTDP to the University of Minnesota and then to the WHL. After two seasons he moves to the AHL where he bombs. Next year? Great season and helps team into Calder Cup. No one could have predicted it.

Third, although he was drafted in the 2007 draft, but he's still a 1989 birthdate. Which makes him less than a year older than guys from the 2009 draft's 1st round like Kadri and Schroeder. That makes me wonder if he still has room to grow even more.

I can't think of a single other NHLer who has had a similar progression.
I still think his skill set is more suited to be a defenseman. Its too bad he was developed as a center but clearly its worked out for him. He could have been top 4 material.

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