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14 Brett Connolly RW
Height/Weight: 6-2/193 | Birthdate: 5/2/1992 | Birthplace: Campbell River, B.C., Canada | Team: Tampa Bay Lightning | College: None | NHL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 6/1 | Average Draft Position: 243.49
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7/10/2014

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Brett Connolly

Connolly Signs With Lightning

News: Brett Connolly has signed a one-year, two-way contract, with the Lightning, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly, who spent most of last season with AHL Syracuse, recording 21 goals and 57 points in 66 games, will continue to provide the Lightning with depth up front. The 22-year-old scored a goal in 11 games with the big club last season and has 17 points in 84 career NHL contests overall.

1/13/2014

Brett Connolly, RW, TB Tampa's Connolly On Scoring Rampage In AHL

Brett Connolly

Tampa's Connolly On Scoring Rampage In AHL

News: Brett Connolly is doing everything he can in the AHL to earn a call-up to Tampa. He went on an eight-game, 16-point streak between Dec. 20 and Jan. 8, with seven goals in that span.
Analysis: It's easy to dismiss Brett Connolly as a failed prospect, but we have to remember he's still just 21 years old. He was rushed to the NHL at too young an age and has spent the last couple years trying to reconstruct his status in the Bolts' organization. This recent streak shows he can be a dominant offensive player; hopefully, he can show that in Tampa soon.

11/22/2013

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Heading Back To Minors

News: Brett Connolly was returned to AHL Syracuse on Friday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly hadn't been playing particularly well of late with a minus-3 showing in a game earlier this week against the Kings. Look for the team to dip into the AHL pool to find more production on the wing.

11/2/2013

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Nets Winner

News: Brett Connolly fired the game-winning goal in Saturday's win over the Blues. It came on the power play near the mid-point of the third period.
Analysis: He tipped a hard slap pass past Jaroslav Halak. His ice time was a little higher (10:38) than it was Friday in his first game (9:45). He has great hands and high-end offensive ability, so we'll watch this call-up period with interest.

11/1/2013

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Brett Connolly

Tampa's Connolly Plays After AHL Recall

News: Brett Connolly played 9:45 in Tampa Bay's 3-0 win over Carolina following his being recalled from Syracuse (AHL).
Analysis: Brett Connolly is one of Tampa Bay's brightest prospects but has played a mere two NHL games this season. Once he receives a regular role on the Lightning, Connolly can be a factor offensively.

10/31/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts Recall Connolly

News: The Lightning recalled Brett Connolly from AHL Syracuse on Thursday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly played one game with the Lightning earlier this season, but failed to crack the score sheet. He's no stranger to the NHL, though, having played 68 games with the Bolts in 2011-12, registering four goals and 11 assists.

10/22/2013

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Brett Connolly

Lightning's Connolly Sent To AHL

News: The Lightning assigned Brett Connolly to AHL Syracuse on Sunday.
Analysis: Brett Connolly played in one game with the Lightning after being called up, recording no points and two penalty minutes. He will return to AHL Syracuse, where he's played three games this season, recording one assist. After posting 31 goals and 63 points in the AHL last year, 2010's No. 6 overall pick has a bright future.

10/16/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts Recall Connolly

News: Brett Connolly was recalled by the Lightning on Wednesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: After nearly winning a spot on the Opening Night roster with an impressive training camp, Brett Connolly didn't have to wait long to earn an opportunity with the Lightning. He saw minimal ice time in five games last season with the Bolts and could be looking at a similar scenario again, as he'll likely only be up with the team for as long as Martin St. Louis remains slowed by a foot injury.

9/19/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts Connolly Impressing Coaches

News: Connolly is determined to earn a spot on the opening night roster and is impressing his coaches at training camp, reports the Tampa Bay Tribune. "I look at Brett Connolly compared to a year ago; he's a way better hockey player," Bolts' coach Jon Cooper said. "He's a mature player now and it's kind of fun to watch."
Analysis: He's come a long way in his short career. He was thrust into the NHL way too young and had most of his confidence stripped away. And then salt was poured into the wound when he didn't even get an invite to camp for the 2012-13 season. But he turned that into 31 goals and 63 points in 71 games in the AHL last season and is clicking with rookie Jonathan Drouin at camp. A big part of it all? He learned how to play in his own zone. "I've said it all along," Cooper added, "when you look after (the defensive zone), the other end will look after itself." Brett Connolly is on his way to an NHL job and should be considered a potential late-round sleeper.

9/11/2013

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly: Now Playing Two-Way Game

News: Brett Connolly knows he has "a lot to prove" to earn a roster spot this training camp and has become a more complete player toiling in the AHL, reports the Tampa Tribune. He focused on the defensive side of his game and still managed to finish second on his team in both goals (31) and points (63).
Analysis: "You felt like he was able to be on in any situation, and you felt like you trusted him in every situation," said AHL teammate Tyler Johnson. "I think that's the big thing, he learned to play a smart two-way game." By the end of the season, Brett Connolly was named to the second-team AHL all-star squad because of his strong play. The Bolts only have a couple of open spots up front, so competition will be tough.

8/2/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Will Get Chance To Win Roster Spot

News: Brett Connolly will get a chance to earn a roster spot with the Lightning for 2013-14. He'll battle with at least four other guys for one or two spots, reports the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: General manager Steve Yzerman has made it clear that he'll fill the final roster spots with guys from the AHL, so that means Brett Connolly will duke it out with Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, Ondrej Palat and J.T. Brown. "It's an exciting opportunity," Yzerman said. "I hope that they sense that."

4/12/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Reassigned To AHL

News: Brett Connolly was reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL Friday, the team's official Twitter account reports.
Analysis: In 67 games with Syracuse earlier this season, the 20-year-old recorded 27 goals and 30 assists. Brett Connolly has appeared in just five NHL games for the Lightnin this season, but the former sixth-overall pick has star potential.

4/11/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Removes Monkey From Back

News: Brett Connolly scored his first goal since Nov. 17, 2011, in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: The tally ends quite the scoreless span for Brett Connolly -- a ridiculous 54 games. The sixth overall pick in 2010 isn't likely to have too many more stretches like that; still just 20 years old, he's got big-time offensive talent and star upside.

4/3/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts Recall Connolly

News: The Lightning recalled Brett Connolly from AHL Syracuse on Wednesday.
Analysis: Brett Connolly has recorded a line of 27/30/57 in 67 games with the Crunch this season.

3/11/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Hot In AHL

News: Brett Connolly is currently eighth in goals (24) and seventh in points (52) in the AHL.
Analysis: He had a particularly great February with 15 points (seven goals) in 13 games and points in 12 of those 13 contests. He could come cheap from a keeper owner who might have soured on him after last year in the NHL.

1/13/2013

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Lightning Keeping Connolly In The AHL

News: Brett Connolly will begin this season in the AHL rather than with the Lightning, the Tampa Tribune reports. "We are extremely pleased with his development and his game continues to evolve. He's getting stronger and we are real happy with the amount of ice time that he is getting and he's scoring on a regular basis," GM Steve Yzerman said. "We felt at this time, for our needs in Tampa and the role that he would play here, he's better off playing there."
Analysis: The Lightning rushed Brett Connolly to the NHL last year and somewhat predictably he struggled, frequently becoming a healthy scratch down the stretch. He won't likely make an impact in this abbreviated season, but don't write his career off. He's making some progress in the AHL this year.

9/14/2012

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Lightning Send Connolly To AHL

News: Brett Connolly was sent to the minors on Friday, according to the Tampa Bay Lightning Team Website.
Analysis: Brett Connolly's move to the AHL is part of preparations for a potential NHL lockout. Connolly had four goals and 11 assists in 68 games last season.

8/28/2012

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly: Serious Summer Training

News: Brett Connolly spent the summer working out with hockey training guru, Gary Roberts, reports the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Analysis: He was right there alongside Steven Stamkos and we've seen what Roberts' methods have done for the best sniper in hockey. Brett Connolly was rushed into the NHL and didn't perform as well as anyone hoped, but working with Roberts all but assures the young man of significant growth in his game. We'd definitely put him on a sleeper list with this information.

3/13/2012

Brett Connolly, RW, TB Bolts' Connolly: Four Assists In Last Six Games

Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly: Four Assists In Last Six Games

News: Brett Connolly's assist Tuesday against the Bruins was his fourth helper in his last six games.
Analysis: He has elite skills and is still a teenager playing a man's game. It's nice to see his game starting to come around, and we should continue to see his game grow over the next couple seasons. Brett Connolly's keeper value may not be significant this year, but that will change after next season.

2/27/2012

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Staying With Big Club

News: Brett Connolly will remain with the Bolts for the rest of the season, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: He could have been returned to his junior club prior to Monday's trade deadline, but the Bolts are clearly looking to the future and they seem to have big expectations for the rookie. Brett Connolly has seen some power-play time recently, but may not be ready to make a splash on the fantasy radar for another season or two.

2/5/2012

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Struggling To Grow Defensive Game

News: Brett Connolly (healthy scratch) played 7:10 Saturday in his return to action. He did not register a shot but he did have one blocked shot.
Analysis: He did stop a scoring chance on a great backcheck, a move that's noticeable because it's the area his coach, Guy Boucher, says is his biggest weakness. Boucher believes Brett Connolly's struggles are like those of his teammate Steven Stamkos and Boston's Tyler Seguin, who both struggled as rookies and were benched. His future remains strong but he has almost no value in single-year formats.

2/4/2012

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Lightning's Connolly Will Be In Lineup Saturday Against Florida

News: Brett Connolly will be in the lineup for Saturday night's game against Florida, TampaBayLightning.com reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly did not play on Thursday against Winnipeg. He has not seen more than 10 minutes on the ice in a game since January 7.

1/22/2012

Brett Connolly, RW, TB Bolts Practicing

Brett Connolly

Bolts Practicing

News: Brett Connolly has no points in his last 14 games, he has been demoted to the fourth line and his ice time has dropped below 10 minutes in seven of his last eight games.
Analysis: The Lightning has decided to continue his development with what the team is calling "tough love," according to the Tampa Bay Times. He has struggled defensively and his miscues have become front and center during team video sessions. Brett Connolly could find himself in the press box soon and it's clear that he needs to improve his play away from the puck to regain favor with his coaches.

1/7/2012

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Connolly Expected To Play For Tampa

News: Brett Connolly is expected to play against Montreal on Saturday, Tampa Tribune writer Erik Erlendsson reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly is valued as a prospect, but he's a risky fantasy option given that he hasn't posted any points since Nov. 26.

1/6/2012

Brett Connolly, RW, TB

Brett Connolly

Tampa GM Yzerman Impressed By Connolly's Junior Tourney Play

News: Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was impressed with Brett Connolly's performance at the recent World Junior Championships, reports Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: "I thought Brett had a really good tournament," Yzerman said. "He was used in a little different role for him, which I think was very good." Brett Connolly was asked to crash and bang in a checking role, as well as work on Canada's penalty kill unit. He wasn't happy with the role initially but he shut up and did his job. And that resulted in strong leadership and five goals and an assist in six games. "I think he showed maturity and unselfishness to go with whatever was asked," continued Yzerman. Watch for the Bolts to ask the same of Connolly. It will suppress his fantasy value for now but enhance his value once he does become a top-sixer.