Sunday, February 25, 2007

Bolts Aquire O'Brien from Ducks

With the trade deadline approaching, the Lightning dealt away minor league goaltender Gerald Coleman and this years 1st round pick to Anaheim for Defenseman Shane O'brien and a third round pick. This season, O'Brien has scored two goals and added 12 assists while accumulating 140 penalty minutes. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 2003 Enty Draft and re-signed as a restricted free agent last summer. "First off, we think he adds depth on the blue line that I don't feel we've had," Lightning GM Jay Feaster said. "He can play with either the second or third pair. He gives John an option that John really hasn't had. And he gives our team toughness. ... We want to be tougher to play against."

Here's the lowdown on this kid: 23 years old, 6-2 228. He uses his size effectively and can intimidate the opposition. Owns underrated offensive ability. He uses his size effectively and can intimidate the opposition, and also has underrated offensive ability. He struggles against quick forwards, but has the potential to be a top 4 defenseman.

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