Midseason Grade: N/A
Final Grade: INC
Joined Team: Signed as a free agent, August 20th, 2007
MHH Nicknames: N/A
- Peltier (3)
- TOT 10:51 (13th)
- EV 10:41 (13th)
- PK :07 (12th)
- PP :08 (12th)
*Rank is based on total minutes, not average per game.
Best Month: March (2 games, 0 points)
Career Highlights: O'Neill made his NHL debut in 2008-2009.
Report: Wes O'Neill, as far as I can tell, is strictly an AHL defensemen. He probably would not have been called up at all if the Lake Erie Monsters didn't hold a tenuous hold on some playoff dreams back in March. Sure enough, after 3 games in Denver, and with Lake Erie sinking farther, O'Neill was demoted in favor of what appeared to be a more polished Aaron MacKenzie.
O'Neill is a big, lanky guy. From the brief look that we saw of him, it looks like he posses the skating and stickhandling skills of...a big, lanky guy.
Fun Fact: 23 of the 37 players who appeared in an Avalanche uniform last season have played all of their NHL games for that one franchise.
The Wes O'Neill Drinking Game: Drink for every minute of O'Neill's ice time Drunk potential: Meh
What I Said Last Year: N/A
2008 Salary (and Cap Number): $575K ($815K)
2009-2010 Status: Signed for 1 more season at a $815K cap figure. O'Neill is slated to become an RFA next summer
Outlook for 2009: Check out that cap number! $815,000 - more than Cumiskey, more than Vernace, more than Tjarnqvist even. Of course, the expectation is that O'Neill will spend the bulk of his time in Cleveland, so that cap number isn't really very important (it reflects a bonus O'Neill was given when he signed).
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