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Jack
O'Brien

O’Brien had an absolute rollercoaster of a year, heading to the USHL in a change of scenery that did not work out well for him, before coming back to Portland to cap his season alongside familiar faces. He’s a responsible 200-foot player who is attentive to positioning and stays above pucks so that he can…

Date of Birth
May 14, 2003
Position
Center
Height
6'0"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Denver, CO  
Shoots
Left
Weight
154 lbs
Draft Result
UNDRAFTED
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
May 14/21 O'Brien Jack 22094 – Portland vs. Seattle WHL by Justin Froese View Report
Feb 12/21 O'Brien Jack 21710 – Des Moines vs. Lincoln USHL by Joel Henderson View Report
Feb 12/21 O'Brien Jack 21709 – Des Moines vs. Lincoln USHL by Dylan Krill View Report
Jan 21/21 O'Brien Jack 21598 – Omaha vs. Lincoln USHL by Joel Henderson View Report
Jan 19/21 O'Brien Jack 21586 – Omaha vs. Lincoln USHL by Justin Froese View Report
Nov 5/20 O'Brien Jack 21245 – Victoria vs. Portland WHL by Justin Froese View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Lincoln Stars ushl 8 0 2 2 0.25 -4 8
2019-2020 Portland Winterhawks whl 55 14 16 30 0.55 21 26
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
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July 22, 2021
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July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
April 23, 2021
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February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
January 31, 2021
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January 25, 2021
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December 29, 2020
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December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
November 26, 2020
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O’Brien had an absolute rollercoaster of a year, heading to the USHL in a change of scenery that did not work out well for him, before coming back to Portland to cap his season alongside familiar faces. He’s a responsible 200-foot player who is attentive to positioning and stays above pucks so that he can support play or put himself in a position to jump into a lane to make an offensive play or defensive stop. His skating speed and stride aren’t elite, but he can move efficiently and subtly give off false information, getting opponents to move in directions he wants them to. At times, though, it appears he can collapse through his hips. There’s little flash, but a lot of effectiveness, in how he handles pucks, and there’s more depth in the details to his game than pure skill expression. He’s crafty and methodical with how he moves pucks, and can show patience and dexterity with his approach, allowing for a play to evolve and then finding the best option instead of throwing pucks blindly. He’s smaller but strong through his core, and can hold pucks by angling his body away from pressure and keeping his hands hidden. Really doesn’t dust pucks a whole lot or play a game that’s overly dynamic, but rather centers his game around efficiency. Tempers his offense as a play driver, but that allows him to be a high option who occasionally rotates low or plays off angles and behind defender’s backs to know when to attack. Defensively he can dictate routes of attackers by taking good angles and providing a steady presence with proactive stick detail. He is a bit weak in battles, but he has timing. His problem isn’t how he sees the ice, but rather how he adapts to adversity and solves problems, as he’s not the most creative player. Some teams will be a bit gun-shy after his rocky start, but there’s still something to work with here.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide