2011-12: Kevin Elgestal skated for the Frolunda club in Sweden and played for Goteborg in the TV-Pucken tournament for high school players. In 28 games for the Frolunda U18 team he scored 7 goals with 3 assists and was minus-4 with 4 penalty minutes. Elgestal scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +9 with 10 penalty minutes in eight games for the Frolunda U16 team. In eight TV-Pucken games he scored 6 goals and was +1 with 10 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Elgestal played five games with the Frolunda U20 team — spending most of the season with the club’s U18 squad — and played for the Sweden U17 team internationally. He scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes and was +5 in SuperElit play. Elgestal scored 19 goals with 20 assists and was +24 with 56 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games for the Frolunda U18 team and was +1 with no points and 14 penalty minutes in three playoff games. In seven games for the Sweden U17 team he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Elgestal made his debut in the SHL in December — recording an assist in his first game and skating in two games for the Frolunda men’s team — and was one of the top forwards for the club’s U20 team. He skated for the Frolunda U18 team during its bronze medal playoff run and played for the Sweden U18 national team in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and at the 2014 World Juniors. He scored 13 goals with 22 assists and was +23 with 34 penalty minutes in 44 SuperElit regular season games and was minus-2 with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games. Elgestal played 10 games, including five playoff contests, with the Frolunda U18 team and scored 6 goals with 6 assists and was +2 with 14 penalty minutes. In eleven games for the Sweden U18 team he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 29 penalty minutes. Ranked 51st amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings he was selected by Washington in the seventh round (194th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
O’Brien is your typical energy/role player. At 6’1 and 205 pounds, he provides good size and physicality to the fourth line and brings a ton of energy to the role, willing to drop the mitts at any time to get his team going or stand up for a teammate. He is a solid skater and provides a little offense, though most of that comes through hard work and determination more than skill.
O’Brien surprised many last year by starting the year with the Capitals, but finished out the year with Hershey of the AHL. He will likely land in Hershey once again, providing an energy/physicality role for the Bears. Because of his lack of skill and the role he currently serves, his upside is very limited and he will likely only see the NHL as an injury call-up more than anything else.