Jr. Blues forward O'Bryan signs NAHL tender
June 5, 2014
St. Louis Jr. Blues and NA3HL forward Zane O'Bryan has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Amarillo Bulls.
O'Bryan, a 1997 born forward, was 4th in team scoring for the Jr. Blues this past season, posting 38 points in 47 games.
Head Coach Chris Flaugher said, "Zane is the epitome of our developmental goals, with regards to first year players. We try to balance veteran and rookie players into one system. Zane is one of those players that shows a tremendous amount of potential."
O'Bryan was one of two first year eligible players that signed NAHL tenders. Flaugher said, "1997 birth year players were eligible this past season and two of our players were signed. O'Bryan in Amarillo and Andy McGlynn in Springfield."
Flaugher goes on to say, "Signing a tender doesn't guarantee a spot, both players will need to go into their camps and make the team and beat out older players in order to play there and both players know the challenge ahead of them. We, of course, will do what we can to help prepare them in the off-season."
A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include one tender exclusively used on players from the NA3HL - plus or minus any trades - which become active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which was held on June 3, 2014.