David OConnor David O'Connor | @DavidSOConnor

David O'Connor is a managing editor with the Sunbelt Hockey Journal. His writing has been on the Los Angeles Times' website, among other places. O'Connor also does some scouting work for the local Junior B hockey club. Please feel free to contact him at davidoconnorhockey@gmail.com.

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Recent Articles by David

Nathan Horton (Icon SMI)

Nathan Horton and the Free Agent Value of An Injured Player

Nathan Horton has heard it all too many times. He’s overrated. Injury-prone. Not worth the risk. A needless investment. And now he’s set to become one of the NHL’s top free agents. How will injuries affect his value?

by · June 24, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Free Agents
Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. (David Chan)

A June 2013 NHL Mock Draft

Mock drafts can become an addiction. You read one on one site, then you move on to the next one. Here’s a June 2013 NHL mock draft.

by · June 21, 2013 · 1 comment · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
Greg Chase, left, of the Calgary Hitmen. (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

NHL Draft: Under-the-Radar WHL Prospects

Last week, we looked at under-the-radar prospects from the Ontario Hockey League.

Now, let’s take a look at five Western Hockey League prospects who aren’t yet household names, but are looking forward to hearing their name called on June 30 in New Jersey.

by · June 19, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Prospects, WHL
Fans of the Seattle Thunderbirds need their team to stay. (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

NHL to Seattle: Would the Thunderbirds Be Forced Out?

With reports of the National Hockey League relocating the Phoenix Coyotes to Seattle, concern has risen for one of the Canadian Hockey League’s western markets.

by · June 16, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Arizona Coyotes, CHL, News/Commentary, The Business of Hockey, WHL
Carter Verhaeghe (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

NHL Draft: Under-the-Radar OHL Prospects

The point of the NHL Entry Draft isn’t to pick an elite superstar first overall and then go home. It’s a new time to shine. Here are five under-the-radar OHL prospects to watch at the NHL draft.

by · June 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Entry Draft, OHL, Prospects
Curtis Lazar (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

Curtis Lazar: Offensive Sniper or Character Forward?

There are characters in movies with defined roles, ones whose positions are clear as day.

And there are characters of hockey such as Curtis Lazar, characters who nobody can truly figure out.

by · June 4, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Player Profiles, Prospects, WHL
Tampa Bay's average attendance is high. Why does no one know? (Matthew Paulson)

NHL Draft Set to Refuel Passion in Sunbelt Markets

Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones, and Nate MacKinnon have dominated the Canadian Hockey League this season. They’ve done it surrounded by analysis, expectations, and media pressure. All three of them have that in common. But only two of them are expected to end up in Sunbelt markets come June 30.

And those sunny, southern cities are about to receive a massive shipment of elite talent.

by · May 31, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
No one wants to see another case of Alexander Radulov. (Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE)

Valeri Nichushkin and the Imaginary Russian Factor

No one wants to be known as the next Alexander Radulov. That’s why Valeri Nichushkin is pointing himself in a different direction.

Zach Fucale has excelled in the QMJHL and has been an integral part of the Halifax Mooseheads' success. (theqmjhl.ca)

Zach Fucale and Drafting A Goaltender in the First Round

Zach Fucale isn’t the Halifax Mooseheads’ star player.

But really, no one else is, either. It’s not because Fucale isn’t good enough to be the star; it’s more about Fucale being one of three elite players on Halifax’s roster. And one who’ll probably be gone by the time the first round of the NHL draft concludes.

by · May 17, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Prospects, QMJHL
Nikita Zadorov [David Chan]

London Knights’ Nikita Zadorov Defies European Stereotype

Nikita Zadorov isn’t who London Knights fans imagined when hearing their team had drafted a Russian defenseman in the first round of the 2012 CHL Import Draft.

A silky-smooth, offensive-minded, 5-foot-10 blueliner was pictured by many. Instead, Knights supporters found themselves looking at a 6-foot-5, 230-pound mammoth.

by · May 11, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
Troy Josephs (Michael DiCarlo/OJHL Images)

NHL Draft: Troy Josephs Buzzes As OJHL Prospect

Troy Josephs’s name doesn’t often come up first when discussing Ontario Junior Hockey League prospects for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Typically, teammate Matt Buckles receives the most attention in that department.

But that doesn’t mean Josephs is far behind.

by · April 23, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · NHL Entry Draft, Player Profiles, Prospects
Karlsson hasn't been the same player following his Achilles tendon injury (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

How the Ottawa Senators Are Winning A Futile Battle

With just a few games left in the Ottawa Senators’ regular season, fans are suddenly confident their team has what it takes to make playoff noise. How did this happen?

by · April 17, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Ottawa Senators