|Assets:||Has outstanding scoring ability and a very projectable frame. Can play either wing position effectively. His hockey sense is very much an asset in the attacking zone.|
|Flaws:||Needs to bulk up and fill out in order to maximize his scoring potential in the NHL. Also needs to become a more consistent player without the puck, and more assertive overall.|
|Career Potential:||Talented scoring winger with good upside.|
|AHL||Second All-Star Team||2012-13|
|Canadian Major Junior||Rookie of the Year||2008-09|
|WHL||Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy||2008-09|
|11/20/2014||Missed 12 games (lower body injury).|
|10/25/2014||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/10/2014||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a one-year contract.|
|6/30/2014||Tampa Bay Lightning tendered a qualifying offer.|
|11/22/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|10/31/2013||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|10/19/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|10/16/2013||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|9/29/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|4/12/2013||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|4/03/2013||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|12/09/2011||Loaned to Team Canada by the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|7/01/2011||Signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|9/24/2010||Returned to his junior team (Prince George-WHL).|
|6/25/2010||Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1st round (6th overall) in 2010.|
Lightning winger Brett Connolly is expected back next week from a lower-body injury that has kept him sidelined since Oct. 24. | 11/17/2014 1:28 PM
NewsLightning winger Brett Connolly is expected back next week from a lower-body injury that has kept him sidelined since Oct. 24.
ImpactConnolly has no fantasy value.
Brett Connolly inks a two-way contract | 07/10/2014 5:09 PM
NewsBrett Connolly has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
ImpactConnolly excelled in the minors last season with 21 goals and 57 points in 66 games. He only logged 11 contests with Tampa Bay though and averaged 12:01 minutes in those games. He's had a hard time living up to the strong start he had to his career, but he's still young and has plenty of upside. This deal offers him a chance to prove that and potentially get a more lucrative contract next summer.
Tampa Bay sends Brett Connolly to Syracuse | 11/22/2013 6:20 PM
NewsThe Tampa Bay Lightning have sent Brett Connolly to AHL Syracuse.
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ImpactConnolly has a goal in 11 games with Tampa Bay this season. He had 31 goals and 32 assists in 71 contests as an AHL rookie in 2012-13.
Brett Connolly gets dropped to fourth line | 11/22/2013 10:21 AM
NewsBrett Connolly was bumped to the fourth line for Thursday's loss to San Jose.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactThe Lightning tried him out at center after Steve Stamkos was injured, but coach Jon Cooper did some line juggling that didn't benefit Connolly. His ice time dropped to 8:53 in the contest. He has just one goal in 11 games this campaign.
Bolts try out Brett Connolly as No. 1 center | 11/13/2013 8:02 AM
NewsBrett Connolly was moved to center in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over Montreal.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactHe skated between Alex Killorn and Martin St. Louis on Tampa Bay's top line, with Steve Stamkos sidelined indefinitely by a broken tibia. Connolly logged 12:18 of ice time versus the Canadiens and he recorded two shots. He has only one goal in seven NHL games this year.
Cooper hopes Brett Connolly gets on a roll | 11/04/2013 10:36 AM
NewsCoach Jon Cooper was happy to see Brett Connolly rewarded with the game-winning goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Impact"He's got speed, he's got skill and he can put the puck in the net, so for him to get the game winner ... And I don't know what will happen in the future here, but I don't think that is the last goal Brett Connolly is going to score in the near future," Tampa Bay's bench boss said. "Sometimes you just have to get the monkey off your back. And he did it and usually when that happens, they usually start to come in bunches." Connolly hadn't scored in six AHL games and his previous two NHL appearances this year prior to Saturday's marker.
Tampa Bay calls up Brett Connolly | 10/31/2013 6:43 PM
NewsBrett Connolly has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactGM Steve Yzerman said the team has no plans to send anyone down and there doesn't appear to be any injuries on the club. "We're trying to find the right fits, the right line combinations," Yzerman said. Connolly has suited up in one game with the Bolts this season.
Bolts return Brett Connolly to AHL | 10/22/2013 8:03 AM
NewsBrett Connolly was returned to the AHL on Sunday.
ImpactHe suited up in one game with the Lightning after he was summoned from the minors and sat as a healthy scratch for another. Connolly should get plenty of playing time in the minors, but he'll be one of the first call ups again should injuries occur.
Brett Connolly might get demoted soon | 10/20/2013 11:07 AM
NewsIt wouldn't be if Brett Connolly heads back to the minors in the very near future.
ImpactConnolly was a healthy scratch on Saturday and Tampa Bay doesn't play again until Oct. 24. He was initially promoted as an insurance policy for Thursday's game because Martin St. Louis was dealing with a lower-body injury, but St. Louis and Connolly ended up participating in that contest. It will take some more time before Connolly firmly establishes himself in the NHL, but he has top-six potential.
Brett Connolly makes season debut | 10/18/2013 7:55 AM
NewsBrett Connolly still played Thursday night even though Martin St. Louis was able to suit up.
ImpactHe skated on the fourth line with Nate Thompson and B.J. Crombeen. It's unclear how long he'll stay up with the team, but for now he just wants to make the most out of his opportunity.
Tampa Bay brings up Brett Connolly | 10/17/2013 8:02 AM
NewsBrett Connolly was called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday.
ImpactMartin St. Louis is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury, so Connolly's presence on the roster suggests that the Lightning captain could sit out Thursday's contest versus Minnesota. Connolly had a strong training camp but he was sent down to the minors prior to the start of the regular season.
Brett Connolly surprised by AHL demotion | 09/30/2013 11:04 AM
NewsBrett Connolly was disappointed that he was assigned to the minors on Sunday.
St. Petersburg Times
Impact"It's tough," he said. "For me, I've never been cut like that before, where you think you're going to make it and it kind of comes out of leftfield. It stings a little more that way, but there's nothing I can do but keep moving forward. I have no doubt in my mind I'll be back, and sooner rather than later." Connolly tied for the team lead with four preseason goals and had a strong training camp, but it wasn't enough to land him a roster spot.
Brett Connolly will dress on Friday | 09/20/2013 2:36 PM
NewsBrett Connolly is a late addition to Tampa Bay's lineup for Friday's preseason match.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactConnolly is filling in for Teddy Purcell (upper body) and will play on a line with Valtteri Filppula and wing Alex Killorn. This is a great opportunity for Connolly to build off of his strong two-goal performance on Thursday.
Bretty Connolly powers 5-1 Lightning win | 09/19/2013 10:05 PM
NewsBrett Connolly scored two goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 in a Thursday preseason game.
ImpactIt remains to be seen if Connolly can make an impact on the big club in 2013-14, but it's likely that he'll get a legitimate shot to do so. He only played five games in 2013 after soaking in 68 in 2011-12, so we'll see how management handles one of the league's more unusual development situations.
Brett Connolly is motivated to stay in Tampa | 09/10/2013 9:10 AM
NewsBrett Connolly feels he has something to prove at training camp and he intends to start the year with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Impact"I have a lot to prove," he said. "I know that I am a better player and I'm not the same player I was when I was 19. I just need to show that. I'm looking to build on everything that I did last year and bring that here (to training camp) and prove to the organization that I want to be here long term. I want to be a part of this; they have a good thing going here." He made the team as a 19-year-old in 2011-12 season and he recorded 15 points in 68 games that year. Connolly rediscovered his scoring touch in the minors last campaign, with 31 goals and 63 points in 71 games for AHL Syracuse. He also learned how to play better defensively. Connolly is hoping that confidence will help him this season as he attempts to earn a roster spot with Tampa Bay.
Brett Connolly re-assigned to AHL | 04/13/2013 12:45 PM
NewsBrett Connolly was re-assigned to Syracuse of the AHL Friday.
ImpactThe 20-year-old has made great strides in the AHL this season with 57 points in 67 games leading to an appointment on the second All-Star team. We expect him to be a fantasy factor in the NHL in 2013-14. For now he is needed in Syracuse for the club's push for the Calder Cup.
Brett Connolly joins Tampa Bay roster | 04/04/2013 12:01 PM
NewsBrett Connolly has been recalled by Tampa Bay.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactIn 67 games with Syracuse this season, he has accumulated 27 goals and 57 points. Connolly suited up in 68 contests with the Lightning last year and he registered 15 points. He will fill in up front for the big club following the trade that sent rookie Cory Conacher to Ottawa.
Connolly is Lightning's prospect of the week | 02/11/2013 6:09 PM
NewsBrett Connolly has been selected as the Tampa Bay Lightning's top prospect of the week.
ImpactConnolly had two goals and four points in three games with AHL Syracuse Crunch. He played in 68 games with Tampa Bay last season, but hasn't gotten a chance with them in 2013.
| 01/19/2013 9:00 PM
NewsBrett Connolly was called up from the minors on Friday January 18.
Bolts decide to keep Brett Connolly in AHL | 01/14/2013 3:05 PM
NewsBrett Connolly will remain in the AHL and not head up to join the Lightning at training camp.
Impact"We felt at this time, for our needs in Tampa and the role that he would play here, he's better off playing there," said GM Steve Yzerman. "He's playing a lot of minutes in all situations and he's getting better. So I'm very comfortable with where he is right now. He's going to be a good player for us. I just think he needs to play, and play a lot." Connolly has been great with Syracuse thus year, while scoring 15 goals and 33 points in 36 matches. He said he understands the decision even though he found it disappointing. Connolly skated in 68 games with Tampa last season and he ended up with 15 points.
|Goals||2||at NYR||Dec 1||1|
|Assists||0||23 times-last:at NYI||last:Dec 20||0|
|Points||2||at NYR||Dec 1||1|
|Penalty Minutes||6||vs. Mtl||Oct 13||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||at Edm||Oct 20||1|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Buf||last:Dec 4||0|
|Power Play Points||1||2 times-last:vs. Buf||last:Dec 4||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||23 times-last:at NYI||last:Dec 20||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||23 times-last:at NYI||last:Dec 20||0|
|Shots||5||vs. Ott||Nov 29||3|
|Penalty Minutes||30||2011-12 (TB)|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last: 2012-13 (TB)|
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