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Lightning, ’10 first-rounder Connolly agree to one-year deal

Jul 10, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

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Brett Connolly made the jump straight from the WHL to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but after scoring four goals and 15 points in 68 games in 2011-12, he’s spent most of his time in the minors.

With that in mind, the Lightning and Connolly agreed on a one-year, two-way contract for the 2014-15 campaign. It looks like he will enter training camp with a fair shot of making the team and if all goes well, he could be in line for a more favorable contract next summer.

Although Connolly has only played in 16 games with Tampa Bay over the last two seasons, he has been a prolific scorer in the minors. He had 21 goals and 57 points in 66 AHL games last season after recording 31 goals and 32 assists in 71 contests in 2012-13.

Connolly was taken by the Lightning with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

  1. ashy14rry - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Buttplugs for everyone

    • pfhockey - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Thank you

    • wutangwild - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Huzzah!

  2. bolthead2589 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    21 goals in 66 games is a prolific scorer?

    • lightning79 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      took him about half the year to get going, getting sent down really screwed his confidence.

  3. stcrowe - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    A classic example of bringing up a young player well before he was ready. He should have spent another year or two in Prince George after he was drafted. He was still growing into his body. Hopefully, that time in the AHL has helped him regain his stride.

    • lightning79 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      He should’ve spent another year in PG, but his development would’ve hit a snag there too, PG was a mess that year. The CHL/AHL/NHL are to blame for his crappy development, he was def. good enough for AHL but he couldn’t play there due to CHL agreement (as stupid as it is) which is why Steve Yzerman decided to start him in the NHL.

      It might’ve backfired but I trust Yzerman knew what he was doing, even if it screwed with Connolly’s development a little. I hope Connolly makes the team and scores 30 goals playing alongsides Jonathan Drouin (which is a longshot).

      Also Brett Connolly biggest enemy is his self-confidence.

  4. bleedrangerblue - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    You all sound like Barry (I know nothing)Melrose. Remember when he sternly said “Stamkos is not NHL ready?” We all saw what happened.

  5. elvispocomo - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Waiver eligible this year, with Callahan, Brown, Kucherov and Panik (who also just re-signed) chasing the same spots. If they don’t think he’ll make it you’d have to think he’d be dealt.

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