By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: April 11th, 2014
Mercyhurst senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue signed a contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes today. (Contributed/Mercyhurst University)

Mercyhurst’s Daniel O’Donoghue turned the best season of his college hockey career into a NHL contract Friday.

The senior forward signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, and will join the club’s AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates in Portland, Maine, as early as this weekend. The Pirates play in Manchester, N.H., against the Monarchs tonight before returning home to face the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday.

“It’s a great feeling, and I’m very excited,” O’Donoghue said in a statement. “I have a lot of emotions running through me right now – anxious, excited, nervous. … It’s been a long time coming, and I’m excited just to get my foot in the door.”

He set career highs with 15 goals, 28 assists and 43 points in 38 games. He finished his four-year career with 119 points (45 goals, 74 assists). He’s one of 16 players in the school’s NCAA Division I history to reach the 100-point mark, and of five to sign professional contracts. The others are Jody Robinson (New York Islanders), T.J. Kemp (Edmonton Oilers), Jamie Hunt (Washington Capitals) and Cullen Eddy (Philadelphia Flyers). Hunt is the lone player to play in a NHL regular-season game (2006-07).

“Our season ended almost a month ago, and I thought it would go a little quicker than this,” O’Donoghue said. “But it all worked out in the end.”

Posted: April 1st, 2014

Ds Nick Jones and Randy Cure, who recently completed their hockey careers at Mercyhurst, have joined the professional ranks. Jones has signed a contract with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, while Cure has played 3 games with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.

Posted: March 4th, 2014

In other trade news, the Phoenix Coyotes announced they traded forward prospect Chris Brown, 23, whose family has ties to Millcreek Township, to Washington on Tuesday in a deal that also sent defenseman Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to the Capitals for forwards Martin Erat and John Mitchell.
Brown, the Coyotes’ second-round pick in the 2009 draft, had no points and 19 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Coyotes the past two seasons. He had 41 goals, 82 points and 166 penalty minutes in two seasons with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, including 14 goals, 35 points and 68 penalty minutes in 51 games this year. The Flower Mound, Texas, native played at the University of Michigan from 2009-12 after two years with the United States National Development Team Program’s Under-18 team.

Posted: February 27th, 2014

Erie native Justin Mercier has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. Read more by clicking here

Posted: January 30th, 2014

Check out this story on former Erie Otters D David Shields‘ return to his hometown of Rochester, N.Y., for an AHL game…

Posted: January 27th, 2014

Former Erie Otters D Chris Breen has been recalled by the NHL’s Calgary Flames from the AHL’s Abbottsford Heat. Breen had 14 points and 42 penalty minutes in 71 games with the Otters from 2008-10.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014

Guelph has passed the Erie Otters in the race for the OHL’s regular-season and Western Conference championships. Now the Storm have passed the Otters on the CHL top 10 list. The Storm (35-8-2-1), which beat the Otters 1-0 last Saturday night, took the No. 2 spot, while the Otters (35-8-2-0) slipped to third. Meanwhile, Midwest Division rival London (29-1-1-4) fell four spots to No. 10. Sault Ste. Marie (32-10-1-4) rose two spots to No. 8. Oshawa (29-12-0-4) replaced Sudbury on the honorable-mention list.

CHL top 10 ranking
Club (league) Record

1. Kelowna (WHL) 37-6-0-2
2. Guelph (OHL) 35-8-2-1
3. Erie (OHL) 35-8-2-0
4. Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) 30-12-1-3
5. Calgary (WHL) 31-11-2-3
6. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 28-10-4-4
7. Portland (WHL) 31-12-2-3
8. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 32-10-1-4
9. Halifax (QMJHL) 31-16-0-1
10. London (OHL) 29-11-1-4
Honorable mention: Edmonton (WHL) 31-13-0-1, Quebec (QMJHL) 26-12-3-5, Oshawa (OHL) 29-12-0-4

In other Otters news, C Connor McDavid didn’t skate today after leaving Tuesday’s practice early. I’m told these were considered maintenance days. C Dylan Strome and Andre Burakovsky skated without contact for the second straight day as they continue to recover from concussions.
One more thing…congratulations to former Otters C Phil Varone, who received a well-deserved call-up by the Buffalo Sabres today from the AHL’s Rochester Americans. He was the best leader for the Otters in my decade covering the team (no offense to Chris Campoli and Brian Lee, of course). He was the reason the 2010-11 team were the OHL’s best team in the second half of the season, and were a Ramis Sadikov torn groin away from moving deeper into the playoffs.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: October 7th, 2013

Erie native Justin Mercier, 26, has signed with the Idaho Steelheads, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. He joins the Steelheads, which began training camp Monday, after spending the 2012-13 season playing in Germany with the Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (2 goals, 5 points and 49 PIM) in 35 games. The Miami (Ohio) University alumnus began his professional career in the 2009-10 season, where he played 64 games for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters (13 goals, 10 assists, 23 points) and 9 more with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche (1 goal, 2 points). He had 26 goals and 53 points in 156 games with the Monsters from 2010-12.

Posted: September 6th, 2013

Erie Otters G Oscar Dansk earned a win in net today at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., despite having a rough outing. He allowed five goals on 18 shots for Columbus in a 7-5 victory against Carolina (1-1-0) at Center Ice Arena. The Blue Jackets (1-1-0) scored three goals in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the third period to erase a 5-4 deficit.
D Troy Donnay had no points and a minus-1 rating for the New York Rangers in a 6-5 overtime loss to Buffalo. Former Otters F Andrew Yogan, who split time between the AHL and ECHL a season ago, had no points on four shots, a minus-2 and two penalty minutes for the Rangers (0-1-1). Former Otters D Brady Austin, now with Belleville, had no points and a minus-1 for the Sabres (2-0-0).
F Dane Fox had no points on one shot and four penalty minutes for St. Louis (1-1-0) in a 3-2 overtime win against Minnesota (0-1-1). Teams take Saturday off before returning to game action Sunday. Dansk and the Blue Jackets face Donnay and the Rangers at 6:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues against Detroit at 7 p.m. RW Connor Brown, former Otters Greg McKegg and David Broll and the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Posted: September 4th, 2013

Erie Otters rookie LW Andre Burakovsky has signed a 3-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals, the NHL announced today. He still would have to earn a roster spot with the Capitals in training camp to keep from playing with the Otters this season. The Capitals could assign him to their AHL affiliate in Hershey, but at this point I would think it’s either the Caps or Otters for him this season…

Listen to Burakovsky’s thoughts on signing a contract by clicking here

Watch Monday’s rookie between Burakovsky’s Capitals and Otters LW Stephen Harper’s Philadelphia Flyers by clicking here

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