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VIDEO: The evolution of Ottawa Senators prospect Jim O’Brien

Jim O'Brien was picked in the first round (29th overall) by Ottawa in 2007. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Jim O'Brien was picked in the first round (29th overall) by Ottawa in 2007. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

When Jim O’Brien was drafted 29th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2007 NHL draft, he decided to leave the University of Minnesota in favor of the Western League.

Over two seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL the Maplewood, Minn., native was able to demonstrate his worth as a first round pick.

But to succeed at the next level, the 21-year-old is morphing from a one-dimensional first line pivot to a reliable two-way forward.

Sean Leathong takes a closer look at O’Brien.

REPORTER: Sean Leathong | EDITOR: Mark Gougeon | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper

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