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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: 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: September 21st, 2013

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The Erie Otters gained a key piece of their offense in time for Saturday night’s game at Plymouth.
Rookie winger Andre Burakovsky, who was reassigned to the Otters by the NHL’s Washington Capitals earlier in the day, made his much-anticipated OHL debut in a 2-1 win against the Whalers in front of 2,085 fans at Compuware Arena. But his offensive mates took care of the Otters’ scoring at just the right time.
Dane Fox and Connor Brown scored less than five minutes apart midway through the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit and overcome a strong outing from Whalers goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, who stopped 35-of-37 shots in a losing effort.

Posted: September 21st, 2013

OTTERS WATCH
Erie Otters (0-0-1-0) at Plymouth Whalers (0-1-0-0)
When: Today, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Mich.
On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)
Up next: at Saginaw (Wednesday, 7:11 p.m.), at Sarnia (Friday, 7:05 p.m.)
What to watch: Rookie LW Andre Burakovsky makes his OHL debut tonight after being reassigned by the NHL’s Washington Capitals, which means the possible regular-season debut of the Burakovsky-Connor McDavid-Connor Brown line. They teamed for 14 points in their only preseason game together. … Rookie D Travis Dermott should make his OHL debut tonight after serving a one-game suspension in Friday’s season opener at Guelph because of a slew foot in the preseason. … The Otters officially announced Brown as captain, while Michael Curtis, Troy Donnay and Adam Pelech are alternate captains. … The Whalers were shut out 3-0 in London in their season opener Friday. … They are without RW Tom Wilson, who remains in NHL camp with the Capitals.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 20th, 2013

The Erie Otters left for Guelph, Ontario, earlier today to play their season opener against the Midwest Division rival Storm. Three prospects – G Daniel Dekoning and Ds Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo – didn’t make the trip.
Instead, they were cut from the roster and reassigned to their Tier II clubs. That leaves the Otters with 25 players (including rookie LW Andre Burakovsky, who remains in NHL camp with the Washington Capitals). That also leaves the Otters with only one player from the 2013 OHL draft class – first-round pick Dylan Strome. Saban and Mayo were second-round and third-round picks, respectively.
The Otters face the Storm tonight with 6 available D, since rookie Travis Dermott serves a 1-game suspension for a slew foot against Niagara in a preseason game Sept. 2. The club is also without 3 veteran forwards – Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (suspension) and Joel Wigle (shoulders). They have 12 available forwards overall. There had some talk of possibly cutting the forward. But that hasn’t happened at this point, and I don’t imagine it will happen with 4 forwards out of the lineup.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 20th, 2013

While the Erie Otters open the season tonight in Guelph, 1st-round pick Andre Burakovsky will make his NHL home debut tonight for the Washington Capitals against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks…find out more, including Caps head coach Adam Oates‘ thoughts on Burakovsky by clicking the link.

Posted: September 16th, 2013

One day after posting a solid effort in a 5-2 preseason win against Mississauga, goaltender Devin Williams (sports hernia surgery) said he’s ready to play in Friday night’s regular-season opener in Guelph. Yet head coach Kris Knoblauch will wait until Thursday, and possibly even Friday, before naming his starter.
No. 1 goaltender Oscar Dansk remains in NHL training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets. If he returns to Erie by Thursday, Knoblauch said, Dansk should start against the Storm. But if Dansk doesn’t return until Friday, Knoblauch said Williams could get the start.
Knoblauch hasn’t received an update on Dansk or rookie winger Andre Burakovsky, who’s set to make his NHL debut tonight in the Washington Capitals’ preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Meanwhile, rookie Daniel Dekoning remains with the club.
*** In other news, the roster stands at 28 players after the club cut forward prospect Blake Jones. Club officials plan to make one or two more cuts, most likely on defense.
Nine defensemen remain on the roster. Knoblauch also wants to keep extra players up front, since three forwards are out of the lineup to start the season – Jake Evans (knee), Hayden Hodgson (final 3 games of a 10-game suspension incurred late last season) and Joel Wigle (shoulders).
Given the makeup of the blue line (see the updated roster below), it would seem that 2013 draft picks Jesse Saban and Cole Mayo are on the bubble. Ultimately, the roster will shrink to 22 or 23 players at some point into the season.
*** Here’s a few more tidbits…Patrick Murphy has permanently made the move to forward from defense. Knoblauch said that gives Murphy the best shot to stick with the team.

Goaltenders (3): Oscar Dansk (at Columbus camp), Devin Williams, Daniel Dekoning
Defensemen (9): Spencer Abraham, Travis Dermott, Troy Donnay, Justin Felker, Cory Genovese, Cole Mayo, Adam Pelech, Darren Raddysh, Jesse Saban
Forwards (16): Andre Burakovsky (at Washington camp), Nick Betz, Connor Brown, Michael Curtis, Jake Evans (injured), Dane Fox, Stephen Harper, Hayden Hodgson, Quentin Maksimovich, Connor McDavid, Patrick Murphy, Kyle Pettit, Fabrizio Ricci, Dylan Strome, Joel Wigle (injured), Travis Wood (also has seen time on D)

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: September 16th, 2013

Erie Otters rookie LW Andre Burakovsky is scheduled to make his NHL debut tonight when the Washington Capitals play in Philadelphia against the Flyers…listen to his thoughts in this video.

Posted: September 11th, 2013

Erie Otters D Troy Donnay has been invited to New York Rangers training camp, which begins Thursday at Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y. He joins teammates Connor Brown (Toronto Maple Leafs), Andre Burakovsky (Washington Capitals) and Oscar Dansk (Columbus Blue Jackets) attending NHL main camps this week. Donnay will join former Otter Andrew Yogan at Rangers camp.

Posted: September 9th, 2013

Don’t forget to watch today’s 3 p.m. rookie game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals, which feature Erie Otters teammates Stephen Harper (Flyers) and Andre Burakovsky (Capitals)…
Update: No Harper in the lineup for the Flyers in this game…

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