Devils’ O’Neill, former AHL MVP, signs with KHL Jokerit

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Brian O'Neill is headed overseas.

O’Neill, the former American League standout that made his NHL debut for New Jersey this season, has opted to sign on with Finnish-based KHL team Jokerit, the club announced on Friday.

O’Neill, 27, was acquired from L.A. prior to the start of this season and appeared in 22 games for the Devils, but only managed to score two points.

That’s a far cry from the production he had in the AHL, especially during the ’14-15 campaign — he scored 78 points in 69 games for the Kings’ farm club to earn MVP honors, then posted another 20 in 19 playoff games en route to a Calder Cup championship.

O’Neill is just the latest ex-NHLer to join Jokerit. Colorado’s Joey Hishon also recently came aboard, joining the likes of Niklas Hagman, Linus Omark, Peter Regin, Niko Kapanen, Jesse Joensuu and Ossi Vaananen.

 

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