The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract, with an average annual value of $650,000, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
O'Brien, 23, played in three games for the Capitals last season after making his season debut on Nov. 4 at Boston. O'Brien has registered two points (one goal, one assist) and 28 penalty minutes in 17 career games with the Capitals. The 6'1", 215-pound forward made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2014 against Montreal, earned his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 14, 2014 against San Jose and scored his first career NHL goal on Oct. 26, 2014 at Vancouver.
In 69 games with Hershey this season, O'Brien, 23, recorded 17 goals, tied for second on the Bears, and 79 penalty minutes, which ranked third on the team.
In the 2016-17 season, O'Brien recorded 30 points (10g, 20a) in 64 games with Hershey and ranked third on the team in penalty minutes (117), seventh in assists and ninth in points. O'Brien recorded a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on Dec. 30, 2016 against Bridgeport and registered seven multi-point games. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native has earned 80 points (38g, 42a) in 237 career AHL games with Hershey.
O'Brien signed with Washington as a free agent on Oct. 6, 2014.