LIGHTNING ACQUIRE D SHANE O'BRIEN, THIRD ROUND PICK FROM ANAHEIM
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Shane O'Brien and a third round selection at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Gerald Coleman and Tampa Bay's first-round selection in 2007, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced today. Tampa Bay has the option of utilizing the Colorado Avalanche's third round selection in the 2007 draft, previously acquired by Anaheim, or the Ducks' third round selection in the same draft.
"Shane O'Brien is a big, young, mobile, physical defenseman who makes a strong first pass out of the zone and is not afraid to jump in and join the rush," Feaster said. "We believe he will thrive within our system and will develop into a top four defenseman for us.
"He is a high character, team-first player who also greatly improves our team toughness and grit, which we believe is a very important factor as we come down the stretch and look forward to a long post-season run. Our scouts have been identifying him for some time now as a prototype Tampa Bay player and while we paid a very high price to obtain him we expect him to be a fixture on our blueline for years to come."
O'Brien, a 6-foot-2, 228-pound native of Port Hope, Ontario, has played in 62 games with the Ducks this season. In his first NHL season, he has scored two goals and recorded 14 points with a plus-5 rating. O'Brien, 23, has tallied two game winning goals and one power play goal. He is tied for eighth in the NHL in game winning goals among rookies and is tied for seventh among rookie defensemen in points. He is also second in the NHL in penalty minutes with 163.
He spent the 2005-05 season with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League and led all defensemen in playoff scoring with six goals and 22 points, while also leading the league in penalty minutes in the post-season with 81. O'Brien played in 77 regular season games and scored eight goals while adding 33 assists, leading all Pirate defensemen in points and ranking third on the team in assists. He ranked sixth in the AHL in penalty minutes and was tied for 14th for points among defensemen.
During three seasons in the AHL, he collected 15 goals and 76 points with 769 penalty minutes in 214 regular season games. While playing in the AHL he increased his point production each year, going from 10 his rookie season to 41 in 205-06. He also played in 43 Calder Cup Playoff contests and recorded seven goals and 28 points with 158 PIM.
O'Brien played the majority of his junior career with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League before finishing his junior career by playing the second half of the 2002-03 season with Toronto. In three seasons in the OHL he played in 190 regular season games and scored 28 goals while recording 89 points. He also appeared in 24 playoff games and scored four goals with 11 assists.
He was selected by Anaheim in the eighth round, 250th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Additionally, center Andreas Karlsson has been placed on injured reserve.