Fantasy Summary

Great skater who plays a responsible two-way game. Lacks high-end offensive upside but has the intelligence and mobility to grow into an effective NHLer.


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August 2021 – O’Brien was not selected in the 2021 NHL Draft. He will re-enter the draft in 2022. Nick Richard

April 2021 – With the WHL season delayed, O’Brien made the decision to join the Lincoln Stars of the USHL in his draft year and it proved to be a difficult adjustment for the young center. After recording 14 goals and 16 assists in 55 games during his rookie season with the Portland Winterhawks, O’Brien has mustered just a single goal and six assists in 23 games with Lincoln.

O’Brien isn’t a player that is going to regularly grace highlight reels with elite offensive skill but he is a strong skater who plays a mature, intelligent game. His stride is clean and he consistently generates speed through the neutral zone with his quick feet and superb crossovers, allowing him to transport the puck himself or pressure defenders on the forecheck. He has a strong work rate and a good understanding of his defensive responsibilities, actively supporting the play in all three zones and rarely getting caught out of position. Not the most creative distributor, O’Brien can still be effective utilizing his vision to make heads-up passes to set his teammates up in good shooting areas. He is a player that could actually look better as he climbs the ladder to the professional ranks and gets to play in more structured systems with smarter players that will be in the right place more consistently. Like most young players, O’Brien will need to add strength to his frame in the coming years but he has the potential to be a reliable two-way pivot at the NHL level. Nick Richard

Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 1.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 14, 2003
Height 6‘1”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Detroit Jr. Red Wings QC Int PW3 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 West Coast Selects U14WSI U147 1 12 0|        
 2017-2018 West Coast Selects U15WSI U156 2 35 0|        
 2018-2019 Team Purple USA-S154 1 23 -|        
  Little Caesars 15U AAA15U AAA62 29 5786 -|        
  Little Caesars 15U AAAOHL Cup6 2 68 6|        
 2019-2020 Portland WinterhawksWHL55 14 1630 26|        
 2020-2021 Lincoln StarsUSHL23 1 67 22|        
  Portland WinterhawksWHL6 0 44 0|        
 2021-2022 Portland WinterhawksWHL68 15 3247 62|Playoffs11 2 35
 2022-2023 Portland WinterhawksWHL66 12 4759 48|Playoffs9 4 59
 2023-2024 Portland WinterhawksWHL49 19 3049 34|