Boston University junior goaltender Matt O'Connor has signed an entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators, according to Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman.
The Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs were other teams reportedly in the mix for O'Connor's services. He had visited several NHL organizations over the past few weeks.
The big six-foot-six Toronto, Ontario native is reportedly ready to graduate in three years and will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility. O'Connor put up terrific numbers as BU stayed among the top five teams in college hockey all season.
O'Connor's Terriers won the Beanpot Tournament and Hockey East Regular Season and Tournament Championships en route to a No. 1 seed in the Northeast Regional. BU defeated Yale and Minnesota-Duluth on way to the Frozen Four.
O'Connor's very costly blunder is one of the most memorable moments of the 2015 Frozen Four. With his Terriers leading in the third period, he couldn't corral a harmless dump in from the red line. He gloved it before shoveling it into his own net. Providence ended up scoring the game-winning goal a few minutes later to shock the Terriers and the college hockey world.
O'Connor is big, which scouts like, but he's a project. He will need to work on many factors of his game and develop in the AHL.
Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.