It always seems there’s one player at every camp who comes out of nowhere to make the team. Last season it was Connor Carrick. This season it was undrafted free-agent invitee Liam O’Brien.
The forward/two-time WWE champion, who managed just 42 goals in 261 junior games, did not get signed by Brian MacLellan to a three-year entry-level contract because of his scoring prowess. It was his tenacity and grit.
All of O’Brien’s strengths came through during Tuesday’s 6-5 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks. O’Brien tallied his first NHL point in his third NHL game and also got a bunch of media coverage for taunting bear-on-skates John Scott.
He’s just having fun out there.
1,358 days after being drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Evgeny Kuznetsov has finally recorded his first NHL point. Not one to settle, Kuzya then got a jaw-dropping assist on Tom Wilson‘s third goal of the year and recorded a secondary assist on a Mike Green goal.
It took Washington Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson 15 games and 100 minutes, but he finally did it. Wilson recorded his first NHL point– a primary assist– on Tuesday night. Alexander Urbom also scored his first goal as a Capital on the play.
Wilson’s assist was a little silly and a lot awesome.
As the 2012 first round pick went to the net, John Tavares tripped him. Wilson fell over, but landed in a sitting position. He slid through the crease and towards the boards, but he was able to pass the puck — from a seated position — to the slot. It went right to Urbom. Just like they drew it up.
Urbom shoots. Urbom SCOARS.
Oleksy in his NHL debut. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
Down 3-0 after the first period, Caps prospect Steve Oleksy– playing in his first NHL game— made a veteran move along the boards. Instead of a more conservative block, Oleksy took a swing at Zdeno Chara‘s clearing attempt– sending the puck towards Boston’s net. That’s where Alex Ovechkin caught it and fed a no-look cross-crease pass to Mike Ribeiro, who sent the puck home. Oleksy’s move caught the Bruins off-guard, making the goal possible.
That goal started the Caps’ comeback, and it was also Oleksy’s first NHL point. His parents, Andy and Sue, attended the game after making an eleven-hour drive from their home in Michigan.
Let’s hope we see a reenactment of this photo many more times in the future. (Photo by: Evan Vucci)
It’s certainly hard to believe, but earlier this year, on February 27, Dmitry Orlov — at the ripe age of 19 — played in his first professional game for the Hershey Bears. Orlov, who won gold at the World Junior Championships only five weeks earlier, stepped into Hershey’s line-up and immediately made an impact. Looking more like a 10-year veteran than a wide-eyed rookie, Dima assisted on Steve Pinizzotto’s second period power-play goal, collecting his first AHL point in his first AHL game.
Boy, it seems like history is repeating itself. Tonight, Orlov — still not looking out of place in his new surroundings — collected his first NHL point in his second NHL game, assisting on Nicklas Backstrom’s second period marker. Video is below the jump.
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