OTTAWA (AP) -Teenager Jim O'Brien signed with the Ottawa Senators on Monday, giving up his NCAA eligibility after one season at Minnesota.
The 18-year-old center was selected 29th overall in June's draft by Ottawa and will likely spend next season in juniors after attending camp later this month.
``We want him to get ice time,'' said Senators GM Bryan Murray. ``We want him to develop.
O'Brien was used primarily on the fourth line by the Golden Gophers last season and is eager to take on more responsibility.
``I never wanted to take a kid out of school,'' Murray said. ``I never encouraged that. I think Jim feels that this is the best road for him at this point in his career.''
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