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Brett Connolly isn’t moping about lack of NHL reps

Mar 14, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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After enjoying a rookie year in the NHL that totaled 68 games played in 2011-12, Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brett Connolly hasn’t been called up from the AHL yet this season.

To add insult to injury, the 20-year-old has had the displeasure of watching guys like Cory Conacher, Alex Killorn and Richard Panik get the nod instead.

If there’s any bitterness forming from those snubs, the sixth pick of the 2010 NHL Draft did his best to mask it in an interview with The Syracuse Post-Standard.

“Obviously, you’re disappointed. Everybody wants to go up there,” Connolly said. “I understand everything they are saying. For me, (my career development) is in the long run, it’s not in the short run. For me, I’m going to be prepared whenever the time comes to go in there and play a lot of minutes, be a go-to guy.”

Even if the Lightning don’t go to him for quite some time.

  1. canucks30 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    If the Canucks ever moved Cory Schneider or Roberto Luongo to Tampa this would be the key piece going the other way.

    • mathieug79 - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      I think he’s as close as they come to untouchable (he will be a great NHLer 25-30 Goal scorer), and to tell you the truth I don’t think we need a Goalie anymore. In the last 2 games, I notice that Lindback has been way more confident, In fact in the last 2 games, he’s played very good, made only allowed 3 goals and has a 1.5 GAA .955 sv%. The biggest disappointment this season with Lindback is that he was allowing 1 bad goal a game. Hopefully in the small sample size we’ve seen in the last 2 games, He’s turned that corner, and he can stand tall (literally) and give us a chance every game.

      • georgejarkko - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        agreed – Lindback does look better. let’s hope it’s not just an abberation.

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