O'Brien, Doug

Of Interest: Doug O'Brien

Doug O'Brien, who came up to the Lightning with Paul Ranger and at one time was knocking at the NHLs door, has signed with Lukko Rauma in Finland.

O'Brien was traded to Anaheim for Joe Rullier at the trade deadline.

Ironically, Rullier also signed with Lukko Rauma this offseason.

O'Brien, who was a Memorial Cup All-Star with Gatineau the year after he was a sixth round pick (2003). O'Brien was the leading scorer at the 2004 Memorial Cup and was also named the QMJHL's top defenseman that year. The Newfoundland-native had 17 goals and 46 for 63 points in 66 games that in 03-04. He was also +52 and had 146 PIM.

Doug O'Brien Sent to Anaheim

NHL.com is reporting the Lightning have sent defenseman prospect Doug O’Brien to the Anaheim Ducks for AHL veteran defenseman Joe Rullier. The 6-3, 230 pound Rullier was part of the Brad Richards Rimouski Oceanic team that won the Memorial Cup in 2000. Rullier was drafted in the 5th round by Los Angeles in 1998 and was signed by the Kings following the Memorial Cup, but did not last with the club as he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Rangers in the summer of 2005, then by the Canucks in the summer of 2006. In January 2007 he was sent by Vancouver to Anaheim for a prospect.

Rullier totaled a career-high 31 points (8 goals) in 67 games last year for Hartford and Manchester. This year Manitoba and Portland he has 2 goals and 10 points in 31 games. Rullier had a career high of 322 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating two seasons ago for Manchester.

Doug O’Brien, a native of Newfoundland, played in 5 games for Tampa Bay last season, going scoreless. After finishing last year with 32 points in 74 games for Springfield, he was expected to be an impact 2-way defenseman for the Falcons, but has a relatively quiet 19 points (6 goals) in 53 games. O’Brien will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Rullier likely comes into the Tampa Bay system as the ninth defenseman and first re-call on the backline from Springfield.

Rullier career stats from hockeydb.com

AHL Game Day 2/18: Devils at Falcons

It's a shame.

LOW-3
SPR-2 (OT)

Karri Ramo stopped 19 of 22 shots faced in the loss. David Spina and Daniel Corso had the Falcons' goals. Individual assists belonged to Sylvain Dufresne, Doug O'Brien and Norm Milley. Corso was named the game's second star.

Karri Ramo has not posted a win in his last nine starts. The Falcons have scored a league low 135 goals this season in 58 games (2.33 goals per game).

First Period
SPR Spina, (7) (Dufresne, O'Brien), 11:01 (PP)

Second Period
LOW Minard, (22) (Mottau, Greene), 2:56 (PP)
SPR Corso, (13) (Milley), 14:09

Third Period
LOW Murphy, (10) (Pihlman, Mottau), 6:28

Overtime
LOW Gionta, (5) (Clarkson), 1:22

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 2/3: Falcons at Marlies

And the losing streak reaches six games...

SPR-1
TOR-3

Jonathan Boutin stopped 25 of 28 shots faced in the loss. Eric Healey scored the lone Falcons goal off assists from Doug O'Brien and Norm Milley.

First Period
TOR Murphy, (13) (Sifers, Westrum), 9:45 (PP)
TOR Mitchell, (8) (Wozniewski, Murphy), 12:48

Second Period
SPR Healey, (21) (O'Brien, Milley), 6:46 (PP)

Third Period
TOR Leeb, (6) (Westrum), 14:11

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/26: Devils at Falcons

It makes me sick to my stomach to see the Falcons blow a 3-0 lead.

LOW-5
SPR-3

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 27 shots in the loss and his season record (13-14-0) now falls under .500 for the first time since October. Norm Milley led the Falcons with 1 goal and 1 assist while Daniel Corso had 2 assists. Eric Healey and Andre Deveaux had the other Falcons goals and Doug O'Brien, Adam Henrich and Andy Delmore had individual helpers. Milley was named third star of the game.

Instead of leapfrogging Portland into 5th in the division and keeping pace 4 points back of the final Atlantic Division playoff spot, the Falcons have dropped 6 points out of the playoffs and just 1 point out of the Atlantic Division basement. Tonight's game was the first of a five game spot in the schedule where Springfield looked to have some winnable games, but the third period collapse against Lowell seems an ominous sign.

First Period
SPR Milley, (17) (Corso, O'Brien), 19:52

Second Period
SPR Deveaux, (1) (Corso, Henrich), 12:03
SPR Healey, (20) (Milley, Delmore), 12:51
LOW Murphy, (8) (Greene, Mottau), 17:43 (PP)

Third Period
LOW Marshall, (4) (Fraser, McGillis), 0:34
LOW Bergfors, (11) (Fahey, McGillis), 2:25
LOW Clarkson, (13) (Pihlman), 7:00
LOW Pihlman, (4) , 19:39 (EN)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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