The Nashville Predators have officially signed goaltender Matt O’Connor to a one-year, two-way contract. The terms of his contract are $650,000 in the NHL and $75,000 in the AHL. O’Connor spent the previous two seasons as a member of the Ottawa Senators organization and was a highly touted goaltending prospect out of Boston University prior to turning pro.
O’Connor is 25-years old and is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada native. In his already very brief professional career he has seen spurts of action across the NHL, AHL, and ECHL. The most tenured league for him to date is the AHL where he played with the Binghamton Senators. In his AHL career he has a record of 24-38-5-1 from 71 appearances with a 3.27 goals against average and 0.895 save percentage.
While that doesn’t look particularly good, nor does his finish at Boston University, it is worth pointing out that the Senators were the second worst team in the AHL last season with a 0.395 points percentage. They were the fourth worst team in the league the season before that, 0.454 points percentage. In that two year span the Senators featured a goal differential of -113 (394 GF, 507 GA).
Perhaps then a change of scenery could do him a world of good. Standing at nearly 6’6″ and needing to find that place to rebound. You can’t help but make a quick comparison to the 2013-14 season when the Milwaukee Admirals ECHL option for goalie was Scott Darling. With the different organization, and new coaches, O’Connor could rebound. And I believe that is what the Predators will be hoping for. Did O’Connor just pick the wrong starting point with the Senators organization or will that blunder in the NCAA National Title Game against Providence always haunt him?
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