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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%: 9/2 | Average Draft Position: 292.40
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12/20/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Gets Sixth Goal Of Season

News: Brett Connolly scored the Lightning's only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night. The goal was a tip-in.
Analysis: It was his sixth goal in 23 games, but funny enough -- those are the only points he has this season. And he hasn't picked up an assist since 2011-12. He has talent, but he needs to show more to be fantasy-relevant.

12/1/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Nets Two In Win

News: Brett Connolly potted a pair of goals in Monday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Brett Connolly had not recorded a point since the middle of October after being forced out of action for 12 games with a lower body injury. He now has four goals, matching a career-high. He may be able to set another personal best if he can get more than 15 points, but he won't add much more than that.

11/20/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Returns Thursday

News: Brett Connolly (lower body) will be back in the lineup Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly cleared the final hurdle for his return by participating fully in the team's morning skate, where he was slotted on the fourth line with Brenden Morrow and Brian Boyle. The 22-year-old had two points in eight games prior to miss the team's last 12 contests with the lower-body ailment.

11/18/2014

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Brett Connolly

Lightning's Connolly Hopes To Play Thursday

News: Brett Connolly (lower body) hopes to play Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly will miss his 12th straight game Tuesday night, but he feels he is ready to play, and hopes to be able to do so Thursday.

11/14/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Closing In On Return

News: Brett Connolly (lower body) was able to skate again Friday and logged full participation in team drills.
Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper said after the workout that he plans to have Brett Connolly available at some point during Tampa's upcoming three-game road trip, which begins Monday in New York against the Rangers. It appears it's safe to consider the forward day-to-day at this point, though he'll miss his 10th straight game Saturday versus the Islanders.

11/13/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Takes Part In Morning Skate

News: Brett Connolly (lower body) joined the Bolts for their morning skate Thursday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly had previously been limited to skating on his own as of last week, so it indicates progress that he's now joining his teammates. He still probably shouldn't be upgraded from week-to-week to day-to-day until he resumes practicing with the team in full, something that could materialize in the next few days if Connolly experiences some more progress with his recovery.

11/6/2014

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Brett Connolly

Lightning's Connolly Begins Light Skating

News: Brett Connolly (lower body) has begun some light skating on his own but still isn't considered close to a return, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly originally suffered the injury Oct. 25 against the Jets and was considered week-to-week. He has seen very limited time in the NHL the past two seasons, spending most of the 2013-14 campaign at AHL Syracuse, where he scored 21 goals and 36 assists. So far this season, the 22-year-old winger has scored two goals and no assists over eight games.

10/28/2014

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Brett Connolly

Lightning's Connolly Likely Out Several Weeks

News: Brett Connolly (lower body) could be out several more weeks and possibly more than a month, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Details of Brett Connolly's setback remain uncertain, but it does not sound like he will be playing any time soon, and his absence could stretch into September.

10/26/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Week-To-Week With Injury

News: Brett Connolly suffered a lower-body injury in Friday's game against the Jets and is considered week-to-week, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: The 22-year-old Brett Connolly seemed to be on the cusp of a breakthrough in his first eight games of the season, notching two goals while seeing time on the team's second line. However, it looks like the injury will present an unfortunate roadblock for him to build on those early successes, as Connolly figures to miss the next several games. Michael Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault were recalled from AHL Syracuse on Saturday to provide the Bolts with some extra forward options while Connolly remains unavailable.

10/20/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Finds Twine In Loss

News: Brett Connolly potted his second goal of the season in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Oilers.
Analysis: It was nice to see the 2010 sixth overall pick find twine for the second time in five games, but he really hadn't done much else in between (no points, one shot, plus-1 in three contests). Tampa is loaded with bright young talent, anchored by superstar Steven Stamkos, veteran Valteri Filppula and sophomores Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, so Brett Connolly will need to find the offensive consistency that has eluded him in three NHL seasons if he hopes to earn a more prominent role in coach Jon Cooper's lineup.

10/11/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Gets First Goal Of Season

News: Brett Connolly scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's shootout loss to Ottawa.
Analysis: He only saw 8:37 of ice time, so it's clear the Bolts aren't entirely sold on him being a top-nine guy just yet. We're hoping to see more of a spark soon -- this guy has real potential if he can amp things up to the NHL level.

10/1/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly Impressing Coaches

News: Brett Connolly picked up his first preseason point Tuesday, but head coach Jon Cooper was more impressed with his overall game. "There are just so many little things that are getting better about his game," Cooper told the Tampa Tribune. "I've been really pleased with him and he's a better player today than he was a year ago today."
Analysis: He's doing the little things right and should break camp with a top-nine role. Some guys just develop at different paces and Brett Connolly appears to be that guy who takes a bit longer. He's an offensive talent, so stash him away in deep formats -- you'll be glad you did.

9/22/2014

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Brett Connolly

Bolts' Connolly: Top-Nine Gig On Horizon

News: The Lightning are counting on Brett Connolly to not only make the team this season, but to also battle for top-nine minutes, reports the Tampa Bay Times. "Obviously it's a big year," Connolly said. "I'm excited. I put the work in this summer. I'm still confident in my game, and I'm really excited to prove to a lot of people that I do belong here."
Analysis: Brett Connolly needs to earn a job, but the reality is that he must pass waivers in order to be sent down. So the Bolts will do whatever it takes to keep him. He has been working out with Steven Stamkos and former NHLer Gary Roberts in Toronto all summer. And he's improved his defensive game to the point where he's no longer just a one-dimensional sniper. There's fantasy value in him if he earns a top-nine gig. Watch camp carefully.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.