Philadelphia Flyers first round NHL Draft pick Jay O'Brien is leaving Providence College following an injury-riddled freshman campaign.
The Hingham, Mass., native scored just two goals and three assists in 25 games for the Friars. According to multiple sources, the former Thayer Academy star has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. O'Brien is expected to play the 2019-20 season with the Penticton Vees, perennially one of the top teams in the BCHL.
O'Brien was selected by the Flyers with the 19th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft after putting up 43 goals and 37 assists in 30 games with Tony Amonte's Thayer Academy team during the 2017-18 season. In addition, O'Brien had impressed NHL scouts in stints with USA Hockey's NTDP U-18 team, including at the 2017 USHL Fall Classic.