BINGHAMTON (WBNG BINGHAMTON) There may be one player on the Binghamton Senators who can't wait to play after the B-Sens' Thanksgiving day off.
After all, he spent just about all of the last month fighting to get back on the ice.
Jim O'Brien spent most of November on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. But the center's been back in action for the B-Sens' last two games.
He's tallied 3 assists in those 2 games.
Head coach Luke Richardson says it's not only O'Brien's play that's been strong: it's been his very presence.
"He's helping the young guys and he's pushing them. He's not letting them just go out and play, he's making them execute," Richardson said Wednesday. 'And I think holding them accountable, which is the great veteran leadership that we definitely could use on a young team."
"There's nothing worse than being injured and sitting out for a time. You kind of feel almost left off the team," O'Brien said. "Everybody's going on the ice and you're kind of just in the weight room trying to get better. But it feels good to get back, practice and start playing with the guys again."
B-Sens will hit the road Friday night against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.