Free-agent goaltender Matt O'Connor made his decision on Saturday afternoon and chose to sign a two-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray on coming to terms with O'Connor:
We are very excited to welcome Matt to the Senators family. Matt is a fine example of both the type of player and person that our organization looks for when we are acquiring talent. We are confident that under the tutelage of our player development staff, Matt will have the opportunity to develop into an outstanding National Hockey League goaltender.
O'Connor spent the last three seasons playing at Boston University where he amassed a 40-21-10 record in 71 games played. You can check out some of his handiwork below via of YouTube...
O'Connor had a brief call with the media earlier today and below you can read some of the highlights...
On why he decided to sign with the Ottawa Senators:
It was an extremely difficult decision and I was pretty analytical in making it. I did some serious deliberations and I think that's why it kind of dragged out a little bit longer than one would it expect. It's a big time in my life to decide on the organization. I had 4 organizations: Edmonton, Ottawa, New York Rangers and Vancouver. I really didn't think there was a possibility to make a bad choice. All of them are first-class organizations and everyone treated me so well...far beyond what I could have ever expected. Ottawa had shown a lot of interest and a lot of personnel made trips down to Boston throughout the year. I had to go someplace where I'm going to develop and I feel that Ottawa is a great place for me to develop as a goalie.
On attending the Sens Development Camp in 2011:
I think that was a great way for me to get a taste of the organization at a young age. It is a little serendipity as Ottawa was the first team to see some NHL potential in me. That year I was playing juniors and Central Scouting had ranked me but I wasn't ranked really high. Ottawa showed some interest and I got to experience that. It was great for my development, even for that small week that I was there. That's what I think is one of the strong points of the Ottawa Senators; player development.
On the team's depth in goal:
Goaltending is not an issue over here in Ottawa and I think that's a good thing because you want to go somewhere that can develop goalies.
On where he anticipates playing next season:
As a goalie, you need time to develop in the pro game so I would definitely picture myself in Binghamton. I'm not one to come in to an organization and demand games or expect promises because the bottom line is it's about stopping the puck. I think I can develop a lot in the American League and that's a big opportunity for me. As a goalie, you want to go when you're ready and I've got a tow year window to develop in to the best goalie I can be.
On working with Sens goalie coach Rick Wamsley:
I'm a big goalie and I always need to get quicker moving laterally. I think my game really improves working with a good strength coach as well but Rick Wamsley will work me hard. He's a good, hard-nosed guy that's going to develop my game as a goalie in a lot of aspects like playing the puck, positioning and playing a bit more of an aggressive style. I know when I spoke to him after a game that he came down to see me in Vermont, he said he liked my aggressive style and compared it to Ben Bishop.