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Nashville Predators Acquire Defenseman Andrew O’Brien From Anaheim Ducks

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Another move made by the Preds that was completely unexpected.

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The Nashville Predators have made another minor move as they have acquired 24-year-old defenseman Andrew O’Brien from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Max Gortz.

Neither the 23-year-old Gortz or O’Brien have any NHL experience. O’Brien, a fourth-round pick of the Ducks in the 2012 NHL Draft, has two assists in 10 games this season with AHL San Diego.

According to Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean, this move is the result of Adam Pardy suffering an injury with the Admirals that has put him out indefinitely.

Here is the press release via the Predators:

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has acquired defenseman Andrew O'Brien from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Max Gortz.

O'Brien, 24 (11/21/92), has appeared in 10 games for the San Diego Gulls (AHL) this season and recorded two assists and 16 shots on goal. The Hamilton, Ontario, native set career AHL highs in goals (6) and plus/minus (+3) in 2015-16 with San Diego, and totaled 14 points (6g-8a) and 54 penalty minutes in 59 games.

O'Brien is a 6-foot-4, 208-pound blueliner who was drafted in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2012 Entry Draft by Anaheim. He has appeared in 135 career AHL games and registered 30 points (10g-20a) and 180 penalty minutes.

Nashville announced the trade just after the start of the second period of the Calgary game in which the Preds lead the Flames 1-0.