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O'Brien signs his first NHL contract.

O’Brien signs his first NHL contract.

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, 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.

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San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott is probably one of the worst hockey players in the league. The 6’8″ left wing plays in the NHL only because of the traits he shares with a grizzly bear, except on the ice. Remember that one time Phil Kessel wielded his stick like a three musketeer? It was because Scott — who was playing for the Sabres at the time — was trying to send the Maple Leafs a message by trying to fight their best player.

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan gave that his first sweater of the season on Tuesday. And he scored. On Brooks Orpik. Easily.

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Mikhail Grabovski Calls Phil Kessel a Musketeer

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Sunday’s preseason game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres turned into a sideshow, as a line-brawl broke out after the very tall John Scott tried to fight the comparatively tiny but still feisty Phil Kessel. Instead of dropping mitts with Scott, Kessel used his hockey stick, taking a few two-handed swings at the Sabres enforcer as if Scott were a Mariano Rivera fastball.

Naturally, the Caps media asked former Maple Leaf and new Washington Capitals 2C Mikhail Grabovski his thoughts on Kessel’s handy-work.

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