Matt O’Connor

Hometown:

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-14

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History
 
  

 

2007-08: Matt O’Connor played for the Toronto Marlboros minor midget AAA team in Ontario. 

2008-09: O’Connor played junior A hockey with the OJHL’s Upper Canada Hockey Club. Sharing time with Mike McDonald before McDonald was dealt to Orangeville, he appeared in 27 games and was 3-19-1 with 1 shutout, posting a 6.18 goals against and .878 save percentage. Upper Canada finished ninth in the Phillips Division, missing the playoffs. 

 

  

2009-10: O’Connor skated in 23 games with the Upper Canada Patriots before being acquired by first-place Burlington in January in his second junior A season. He was 7-12-2 with 1 shutout and had a 4.03 goals against and .904 save percentage for the Patriots. O’Connor was 2-2 with a 4.55 goals against and .895 save percentage in five regular season games with the Cougars as a backup to Jonathon McQueen. Burlington reached the semifinals in the CCHL playoffs, falling to the Newmarket Hurricanes. O’Connor was 2-1 in four playoff games with a 2.92 goals against and .901 save percentage.

 

  

2010-11: O’Connor committed to playing college hockey at Boston University in 2012-13 in August before joining the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms. Sharing the goaltending duties with Mercyhurst College recruit Jordan Tibbett, he was 10-16-2 in 29 games and had a 3.43 goals against and .886 save percentage. The Phantoms missed the USHL playoffs, finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference. 

 

  

2011-12: O’Connor played in 50 of 60 regular season games for Youngstown in his second USHL season with the Phantoms. He was 28-16-5 with 1 shutout and had a 3.04 goals against and .902 save percentage. Youngstown finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and reached the playoff quarterfinals. O’Connor was 3-3 with a 3.68 goals against and .890 save percentage in six playoff games. 

 

  

2012-13: O’Connor appeared in 19 games for Boston University as a freshman. Splitting time with fellow freshman Sean Maguire (Pittsburgh), he was 8-8-2 with a 2.86 goals against and .910 save percentage. Boston University finished in a three-way tie for third in Hockey East and reached the championship game in the league tournament, falling to regular season champion Massachusetts-Lowell, 1-0. 

 

  

2013-14: O’Connor played in 22 games for Boston University; sharing the goaltending duties with fellow sophomore Sean Maguire (Pittsburgh). He was 7-9-4 with a 2.89 goals against and .920 save percentage. Boston University finished ninth in Hockey East and lost to Notre Dame in a first round playoff game.

 

  

2014-15: O’Connor attended the Chicago Blackhawks development camp in July before returning to Boston University for his junior season. Playing in 35 of 41 games for the Terriers he was 25-4-4 with 1 shutout and had a 2.18 goals against and .927 save percentage. Boston University dominated college hockey much of the year, capturing the Hockey East regular season and playoff titles. The Terriers won eight straight games to reach the Frozen Four championship game before falling to Hockey East rival Providence, 4-3. O’Connor signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators in May 2015, foregoing his final season of college hockey.

Talent Analysis

The late-blooming Matt O’Connor is a big, agile presence between the pipes. His lateral movement is impressive, he aggressively challenges shooters, and despite a few mishaps in exhibition play this fall, hunts the puck down through traffic. He led Boston University to the Frozen Four Finals last spring with a 24-4-4 record, 2.18 goals-against and .927 save percentage, and he is perfectly capable of becoming a reliable starter at the NHL level.

Future

O’Connor started the 2015-16 season with the Ottawa Senators due to an unexpected groin injury to Andrew Hammond. O’Connor will be reassigned to Binghamton upon Hammond’s return, and will improve his game until he is ready to join the Senators full time.

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