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According to a report, Flyers 2018 first-round pick Jay O’Brien has entered the NCAA transfer portal and intends to play the 2019-20 season in the BCHL.
Jeff Cox, a USHL scout, broke the news on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon.
Philadelphia Flyers first round pick Jay O’Brien is in the NCAA Transfer Portal after scoring 2 goals & 3 assists in 25 games during injury riddled freshman season at Providence. Expected to play 2019-20 season in BCHL.
The portal allows student-athletes to be contacted by other schools in order to pursue a transfer to those institutions and has become a pretty frequent topic in the college football universe in the last calendar year.
But for the O’Brien —and the Flyers— it basically means that he will leave Providence College after his freshman season. The Flyers 19th overall pick in last years NHL Entry Draft struggled in his first college season with just five points (two goals, three assists) in 25 games.
The 19-year-old suffered a myriad of injury issues during the season, adding to the frustration for the promising forward prospect who broke all a bunch of records at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts where the likes of NHL players like Charlie Coyle and Brooks Orpik along with former players Tony Amonte, Ryan Whitney, and Mike Mottau played before eventually making the NHL.
Cox adds that O’Brien will play for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL during the upcoming season. After a season in the BCHL, O’Brien could look for another opportunity at another school in the college ranks.
The path isn’t unprecedented for a Flyers prospect, as Matej Tomek took a similar path a few years ago by leaving North Dakota to play a season in the USHL before returning to the college ranks at Nebraska-Omaha.
O’Brien is a skilled player that former GM Ron Hextall was high enough on to spend the second of his closely guarded first rounds picks on instead of dealing the pick for more immediate roster help. That decision doesn’t look great now as the Flyers were possibly a veteran piece away from a playoff berth in what has turned out to be a wild 2019 Stanley Cup Playoff so far.
The other first rounder from the 2018 draft is of course Joel Farabee, who signed his entry level contract a little earlier this year.
The Flyers will continue to try and get the most out of the investment that was made on O’Brien, and while patience was always going to be the case with him from the get-go, it appears even more will be needed.
Penticton Vees in the BCHL? Must have some Philly connection.
Decent league if your 17/18 years old but a first round pick going there as an overage 20 year old? Jeesh. Hard to develop for the next level when playing against younger, smaller players. Don’t care how many points you put up as a 20 year old junior player. Doesn’t mean it will translate.
I will never understand the propensity of D Boarders to throw bull**** against the wall and see what sticks instead of checking some rudimentary facts. Just because you checked their web site doesn't make you right. You failed to realize that you listed out over 30 players so basically every kid that dressed for a game. You listed 8 over agers (98's) but the CHL limit is six. So even though you think you are a know it all, you are really ignorant of junior hockey and the average age of kids on the ice for any one game. Being a 20 year old over ager next year will have you playing against kids mostly younger then you. Sorry the facts contradict with your feelings.
Can someone locate and post Jeff Cox's take on the situation from NEHJ???
Didn't say amateur. Said junior. Reading comprehension is fun. Try it sometime.
Amateur league so no contract “out” needed but I’m sure you knew that.
There is a reason I guess that the local Hockey East coaches send their kids out to the USHL for a year to get ready for college hockey. Not sure why he wouldn't do it now, oh yeah, there must be a Flyers connection.
Best team, lesser league, over-ager? I guess playing elite competition was not one of the decision criteria.
Good luck to him
He'll probably end up at Curry playing with Wise in a year.