The Atlanta Gladiators acquired two players that belong to the Nashville Predators' organization on Tuesday. The Gladiators, who are an affiliate of the Boston Bruins, now have the rights to goaltender Matt O'Connor and defenseman Rick Pinkston.
O'Connor has National Hockey League experience. During the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, O'Connor backstopped the Ottawa Senators in a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 11, 2015 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. O'Connor signed as a free agent with the Senators on May 9, 2015 and then with the Predators on July 1, 2017.
This season, O'Connor has played two games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. He has a record of zero wins and two losses, a goals against average of 3.58 and a save percentage of .891. O'Connor has ECHL experience as he played last year with the Wichita Thunder.
Pinkston has played 17 games this year with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. He has two assists, 23 penalty minutes and is a -12.
Both O'Connor and Pinkston have NCAA experience. O'Connor played at Boston University and Pinkston played at Dartmouth College. The Gladiators' next home game is Friday evening against the Florida Everblades at the Infinite Energy Arena. For tickets, please click here.