The Nashville Predators have assigned goaltender Matt O’Connor to the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL. It will be the fourth different ECHL team that O’Connor has played for this season after starting off with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL at the start of the campaign.
The 2017-18 season has been a nightmare for goaltender O’Connor. He started off in the AHL after beating out Jake Paterson for the back-up job to Anders Lindbäck with the Milwaukee Admirals. He then picked up an injury and would slowly fizzle out of the AHL picture with Lindbäck playing so well and then Paterson sticking around as the back-up.
O’Connor made 2 starts with the Admirals this season and lost on both outings displaying a 3.58 goals against average and 0.891 save percentage. His time in the ECHL has proved to be horrific between stops with the Atlanta Gladiators, Quad City Mallards, and Manchester Monarchs. Between the AHL and ECHL his first win on the season didn’t come until 2/12/18 which was his thirteenth appearance of the season. That win came as a member of the Monarchs, who are the North Division leaders at the moment, and he won both starts in his two appearance spell that spread across less than a month’s time.
This season between the AHL and ECHL O’Connor has a record of 2-10-1-1 with a 3.95 goals against average and 0.884 save percentage. He now joins an ECHL team in Wchita where he actually started 2 games with a season ago, lost both, and had a 4.63 goals against average and 0.875 save percentage.
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