David O'Connor

David OConnor
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.

Recent Articles by David

Pavel Datsyuk is the perennial 2-way forward... and he's Russian (Mark Mauno)

The 170 Men Drafted Before Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk is one of the greatest two-way forwards the National Hockey League has ever had.

And this is someone who was selected 171st overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

by · April 14, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Detroit Red Wings, NHL Entry Draft
Dylan Strome (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Erie Otters’ Dylan Strome Next in Elite Hockey Family

When the Erie Otters announced Dylan Strome’s name as the second overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, it marked a new arrival in hockey’s family of brothers.

A 6-foot-2, 165 pound forward, Strome played his minor midget season with the Toronto Marlboros.

by · April 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, OHL, Player Profiles, Prospects
Jarome Iginla (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Jarome Iginla: Fueled By Youth, Driven By Passion

Jarome Iginla has been through more than few ups and downs in his career.

From Olympic gold medals to crushing Stanley Cup defeat to captaining a basement-dwelling team, Iginla has been through his fair share of highs and lows.

by · March 31, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins
What Does Danny DeKeyser Bring to the Detroit Red Wings?

What Does Danny DeKeyser Bring to the Detroit Red Wings?

A long-awaited decision has come to its close. Free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser has signed with the Detroit Red Wings.

The Western Michigan University star will be joining his hometown team after a long process that was very similar to the one current Edmonton Oilers blueliner Justin Schultz went through in the summer.

by · March 29, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Detroit Red Wings
Seth Jones (Shoot the Breeze Photography)

Seth Jones Ready to Take the NHL By Storm

The name “Seth Jones” and the word “tank” have been used in the same sentence a lot lately. In some ways it’s a compliment regarding Jones’s physical strength; in many other ways it’s just referring to teams selling at the trade deadline with the hopes of “[writing off the rest of this season and “[engineering]” my team the best way possible to get the first pick.”

Welcome to the life of the league’s basement dwellers. And welcome to the dilemma they’re to be facing with a potential first overall pick.

by · March 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, Player Profiles, WHL
While talented, the Pittsburgh Penguins appear as a team prepared for the start of the Playoffs. (Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE)

Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz Burying Fears of Going Undrafted

Chris Kunitz didn’t see this one coming. Neither did anyone else. And yet, here we are: an undrafted player from Ferris State University is lighting the lamp as a winger playing on the same line as the world’s most talented hockey player.

In a similar fashion, Pascal Dupuis has quietly emerged as a reliable part of the National Hockey League’s best offense.

by · March 15, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · News, Pittsburgh Penguins
Max Domi (OHL Images)

NHL Draft: Max Domi’s Skill Overpowers Small Stature

Max Domi has been hearing comments about his height for years.

Before Domi was even drafted by the London Knights in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, his size was being heavily criticized. Those concerns about his OHL potential are well out of the way now. But really, they’ve only turned into concerns regarding his National Hockey League future.

by · March 13, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL
Despite having Darnell Nurse as a defensive prospect in their pipeline, the Oilers still have problems with their NHL defensive front. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Darnell Nurse Towers Among OHL Draft-Eligibles

Darnell Nurse isn’t going to be a professional football player. But with his family’s history, if football was his passion, Nurse could probably take a pretty good run at it.

by · February 26, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL
Justin Bailey (right) with the Kitchener Rangers. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

NHL Draft: Justin Bailey’s Carving A Unique Path

Justin Bailey grew up with professional athletes all around him. As he’s preparing to embark on his own pro career, being around talent is nothing new.

The difference: this time, the talent is his.

“Growing up in Buffalo, we (his family) lived in the same condo as Matthew Barnaby, Michael Peca and Rob Ray,” Bailey said. “Barnaby helped me along the way with a lot of decision-making.”

Being raised in the same building as NHLers clearly influenced the young Kitchener Rangers forward. But they weren’t the only pros who had an impact on Bailey when he was younger.

by · February 19, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · CHL, NHL Entry Draft, OHL
Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin have been compared for years. (Flickr/clydeorama)

Evgeni Malkin vs. Alex Ovechkin: 10 Years Later


It’s often defined as “competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.” When comparing Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin, that sounds about right.

by · February 12, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
Book Review: A to Z Guide to Hockey Terms

Book Review: A to Z Guide to Hockey Terms

Books that fit in your pocket can be useful. One can pull it out in the car, maybe the mall, or even the ridiculously-long line at the grocery store. Better yet, there’s one book you can quickly pull out at the rink, and this it it.

by · February 9, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey Books
Hockey Book Review: Gare Joyce’s The Code

Hockey Book Review: Gare Joyce’s The Code

There have been books about hockey scouts before. And there have been more than a few great murder mysteries written. But novels about hockey scouts who get caught up in a murder mystery? They come few and far between.

by · January 29, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey Books