O’Connor Inks with the Senators
Highly-touted goalie prospect Matt O’Connor has made his decision and decided to sign with the Ottawa Senators. The deal with the Senators is for two years at $925,000/yr, and includes the maximum allowed bonuses on an entry-level contract.
The Toronto, Ontario native reportedly received many offers and narrowed it down to a few teams, which included the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.
O’Connor was a member of Boston University, which included highly rated prospects Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues. O’Connor played a major role in BU’s success to make it to the NCAA D1 National Championships, but unfortunately fell short in the final against Providence College.
The 23-year-old posted a 25-4-4 record this season, and had amazing numbers to back it up with a 2.18 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
O’Connor brings a huge frame to the Senators, as he stands at 6’6″ and 205 pounds. O’Connor will most likely start his career with the Binghamton Senators, and work his way through the system much like Andrew Hammond.
The Senators now have questions with what they are going to do about their goaltending situation during this off-season. As of now, the Senators goalies include Craig Anderson, Andrew Hammond and Robin Lehner to go along with O’Connor. According to Senators general manager Bryan Murray, if the Sens are able to re-sign RFA Hammond, he will look to trade either Anderson or Lehner.