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With the 19th Overall Selection the Flyers select Jay O'Brien

With the 19th overall selection in tonight's 1st Round of the 2018 NHL Draft, the Flyers selected center, Jay O'Brien, from Thayer Academy in Massachusetts.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

JAY O'BRIEN (C)

TEAM/LEAGUE: THAYER ACADEMY (MA-HIGH SCHOOL)

VITALS: 5'11" | 176 lbs

BORN: Nov. 4, 1999 | Boston, Mass.

 

* O'Brien has committed to Providence College for the 2018-19 season. 

* He was awarded United States High School ALL-USA Hockey Player of the Year honors and was named to the USHS ALL-USA Hockey First Team after averaging 2.67 points per game with Thayer Academy in 2017-18, when he posted 43 goals and 80 points in just 30 games.

* His head coach at Thayer Academy is Tony Amonte, who appeared in 1,174 career NHL games, represented the USA at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games and was a former Flyer. 

Craig Button, TSN Analyst

"Smart with a quick mind and very good hands where he can make a play or finish a play. Improvement as good as any player."

Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News

"As the game (The All-American Prospects Game) went on, O'Brien got more impressive. Even though he has mostly played in the New England prep ranks, he did not look intimidated by the more experienced competition. Speedy and highly skilled, the Providence College commit went top-shelf for a goal and looked good on faceoffs."

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