The Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears have announced that Liam O’Brien has been recalled to the Capitals today. As Coach Barry Trotz indicated earlier, the Capitals were planning to add a 13th forward before the Capitals head out on their road games tomorrow in Ottawa and Monday in Montreal.
O’Brien, a 22-year-old forward, previously appeared in 13 games for the Capitals during the 2014-2015 season before being sent to Hershey. His statistics have improved yearly over the course of his three season stint with the Bears.
So far this season has been his best professionally. To date he has recorded five goals and 13 assists in 28 games, surpassing his season totals for last year where he accounted for 16 points (7G, 9A). O’Brien ranks seventh in points for the Bears, is +5, and has 48 penalty minutes in 28 games. Two of his goals this season have come on the power play.
O’Brien is known around Giant Center for his physicality and sticking up for his teammates, as many have noted in post-game interviews that he is one of the guys in the locker room they would not want to fight.
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This season, his attention to the finer details of his game and his contributions offensively have earned praise from Troy Mann and was additionally noted by Trotz as one of four possibilities for the recall in addition to Jakub Vrana, Stan Galiev, and Travis Boyd. Although not confirmed, Boyd’s selection to the AHL All-Star roster for the Atlantic Division may have played a part in Boyd not being recalled.
O’Brien becomes the fifth Hershey player to be recalled this season, joining Paul Carey, Jakub Vrana, Aaron Ness, and Zach Sanford, who started the season in Washington.
By Julie Beidler