Thursday, February 9, 2017

Texas Stars Add Scoring Punch with Signing of Brendan O'Donnell

Looking to add more punch to their offense, the Texas Stars have signed Brendan O'Donnell out of the Florida Everblades. O'Donnell ranks fifth in ECHL scoring, racking up 29-26=55 in 42 games played. He has not been on an AHL deal anywhere in his career, so Texas may have an opportunity here to lock him in for future seasons if he does well.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars, announced Thursday the team has signed rookie forward Brendan O’Donnell to a professional tryout agreement.

O’Donnell, 24, joins the Stars from the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, where he was playing his second professional season. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward was fourth in the ECHL with 55 points (29-26=55) in 42 games this season with Florida. O’Donnell’s 29 goals this year were second overall in the league.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native tallied 37 points (17-20=37) in his rookie campaign with Florida last season, and ended the 2015-16 season with goals in nine consecutive contests.

O’Donnell graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2015 after appearing in 121 games and recording 55 points (27-28=55) over a four-year career. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010.

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