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Gortz Traded to Anaheim for O'Brien


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

O’Brien 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.

Gortz has a goal and three assists in 30 games with the Admirals this season after tallying 47 points (18g-29a) in 72 games with the club as a rookie in 2015-16.

O'Brien will look to make his Admirals debut when the team visits the Chicago Wolves for two games in the Amtrak Rivalry this weekend, beginning Saturday night at 7 pm at the Allstate Arena. Milwaukee’s next game at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena will be Tues., Jan. 24 against Cleveland.

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