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Hard-working bottom-six forward who hits


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September 2020 – O’Connor has signed a two-year extension with the Avalanche. This is a good sign of faith from the organization, and another indicator that he will have a shot at a 4th-line role in 2020-21. If he isn’t a full-timer right away, he remains waiver-exempt for either 1 more year or 44 more NHL games which makes him a strong candidate for dual AHL/NHL fill-in duties especially with the franchises in such close proximity. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2020 – The best thing a prospect can do to boost their outlook is to take advantage of unexpected opportunity. Of the many depth forward candidates available, O’Connor was the one who got the call when injuries struck the Avs in the playoffs and he’s making a case to keep a 4th-line role next season. His minutes are still limited but his ability to keep up with the play and be physical on opponents is obvious. He has put up 10 hits in 3 games so far with under 10 minutes aTOI, making him somewhat fantasy relevant for at least one category. He remains a bubble player but this positive playoff experience has made him one of the most likely Eagles to earn a full-time bottom-six role come 2020-21. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2020 – O’Connor hits the NHL stoppage with 16 games in an Avalanche uniform, although his aTOI of 8:26 indicates that he isn’t quite trusted yet even as a 4th-liner. Still, he’s putting up roughly 1 SOG and 1 hit per game, which makes him a borderline candidate in deep leagues when he is on the roster. Should he earn himself a more consistent depth role, expect these peripheral stats to increase. As a pending RFA, he will most likely be settling for a two-way deal this summer and more AHL time awaiting injury call-up duties. Hayden Soboleski 

 

November 2019 – O’Connor is keeping pace with last season’s impressive rookie campaign thanks to a respectable 8 points in 14 AHL games played. He’s earned himself a call-up to the Avs as injuries plagued the NHL squad for the short-term, scoring his first NHL goal. He’s seeing under eight minutes per game, and isn’t contributing enough points or any peripheral stats to be worth a fantasy pickup. Wait another season to see if he can earn a depth NHL role in the future, because it’s unlikely to happen given his play so far in 2019-20. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2019 – The Eagles’ season has ended in the first round of the playoffs, but it can only be called a success for O’Connor. The rookie hit 19 goals and 42 points, fair exceeding the totals we was seeing in college. Unfortunately, his 0 points in 4 playoff contests showed us how tough the league can be. He will most likely return to the Eagles for another year, but will at least have the chance to audition for a 4th-line role in training camp. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2018 – O’Connor has been called up to the big club and will make his NHL debut as the Avs search for better performances outside the top-line. Expect some SOG, hits, and blocks, but more than the occasional point would be asking for something he has never shown. Hayden Soboleski

 

O’Connor signed a two-year ELC with Colorado after being offered a training camp tryout this summer. He comes from the University of Denver, where the team got to see the captain often. He is a true “intangibles” player that coaches and management love thanks to his work ethic and locker room interactions. He has never been a top scorer at any level (his last season even close to a point-per-game was in minor midget), but he sticks in the lineup and that’s often the hardest thing to do when breaking into new leagues.

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth August 14, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 168 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 CRAA Blue U15 AAHCBAA28 8 1220 8|Playoffs4 1 23
  Calgary Royals U15 AAAAEHL U151 0 00 0|        
 2010-2011 Calgary Royals U15 AAAAEHL U1533 11 1728 20|        
 2011-2012 CRAA Gold U16 AAAAEHL U1630 12 1830 12|        
  CRAA Gold U18 AAHCMAA2 0 00 4|        
 2012-2013 Calgary Royals U18 AAAAEHL U1834 7 1623 10|Playoffs5 1 34
 2013-2014 Sioux Falls StampedeUSHL59 3 710 23|Playoffs3 0 00 12 
 2014-2015 Sioux Falls StampedeUSHL58 16 2036 42|Playoffs12 6 410
 2015-2016 Univ. of DenverNCAA23 2 24 9|        
 2016-2017 Univ. of DenverNCAA44 7 1118 10|        
 2017-2018 Univ. of DenverNCAA41 7 1421 6|        
 2018-2019 Colorado AvalancheNHL5 0 00 0|        
  Colorado EaglesAHL64 19 2342 29|Playoffs4 0 00
 2019-2020 Colorado AvalancheNHL16 2 02 2|Playoffs5 0 11
  Colorado EaglesAHL40 12 1325 28|        

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