Brett Connolly
Brett Connolly
27-Year-Old Right WingRW
Florida Panthers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Connolly was one of the more effective players for the Capitals during the 2018-19 season. Despite a third-line role and logging just 13:20 of average ice time, the sixth overall pick from the 2010 draft managed a career high of 22 goals and 46 points in 81 games. The 27-year-old winger has moved onto the Panthers after signing a four-year, $14 million contract in July, and he should challenge for a top-six role with his new team. With more ice time and solid supporting cast in Sunrise, Connolly owns legitimate sleeper appeal in standard formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14 million deal with the Panthers in July of 2019.
Picks up game-winner
RWFlorida Panthers
March 9, 2020
Connolly scored a goal on two shots in a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Monday.
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Connolly picked an opportune time to snap his 12-game goal drought, beating Jordan Binnington from below the left faceoff circle just over four minutes into the third period to put the Panthers ahead to stay. It was Connolly's 19 goal of the season, leaving him on the doorstep of a second straight 20-goal campaign.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:30
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:18
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
12:00
1:26
0:01
2018–19
13:20
0:56
0:01
2019–20
14:30
1:18
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The sixth overall pick from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft continues to revive his career in the nation's capital. Connolly posted his second consecutive 15-goal campaign with the Caps and posted a career-high 27 points in 70 games while showing great chemistry with Lars Eller on the third line. The talented winger is blocked by the likes of TJ Oshie and Tom Wilson on the depth chart, but has a home in the bottom six and should enjoy another 20-30 point season if he can stay healthy — with room to grow if he can claw his way onto one of the top scoring lines. However, his 22.4-percent shooting rate could come down a notch, so he'll need to shoot the puck more if he is to improve his fantasy stock for consideration in standard formats.
A perennial disappointment since being taken sixth overall by the Lightning in 2010, Connolly fit in pretty well as a bottom-six role player for the Capitals last season, notching career highs in goals (15) and rating (plus-20). Unfortunately, he also recorded only eight assists and saw extremely limited ice time -- just 10:41 per game. However, the 25-year-old has room for growth in 2017-18, as the Caps will presumably give him a chance to win and hold a second-line slot on the wing alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov. he'll have to beat out a few other players, including the high-upside Jakub Vrana, but there’s a clear path to solid playing time for Connolly if he performs. That could lead to a breakout season, but he still probably shouldn't be drafted in fantasy outside of deeper formats.
With the B’s having parted ways with forwards Carl Soderberg, Milan Lucic, and Reilly Smith this offseason, Connolly -- in his first full campaign with the B’s -- will be relied upon along with newcomers Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes to fill spots on the team’s top three lines. While it's too early to get a great read on how the B's trios might shake out, Connolly has a solid shot to land a top-six role, and in such a scenario, he could quickly emerge on the fantasy radar. The 6-foot-2, 181-pounder is coming off a 2014-15 campaign in which he recorded a modest total of 12 goals and 17 points in 55 NHL games, including five in a Boston uniform following his trade from Tampa Bay. Still, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has some untapped potential and with his size, skill, and dangerous shot, and could ultimately emerge as a suitable linemate for stellar two-way pivot Patrice Bergeron and pesky left winger Brad Marchand.
Is this finally Connolly's year? It has taken him several seasons to shake off the effects of being rushed to the NHL too soon. It's really a shame -- he has the speed and skill to be a sniper off the rush, and has the size (6-foot-2) to play in possession. His game took a step back in the AHL least season, at least as far as sniping and two-way play go, and risks being passed by the next big thing. This year will be make-or-break for the 22-year-old winger -- he's not old by any means, but today's NHL is all about young guys immediately stepping in and excelling. He hasn't done that yet. Don't give up hope -- he'll enter this year as a sleeper that many owners will avoid or ignore. Make him a late draft pick if he earns a gig with the Bolts in camp.
Connolly has great hands and speed, and his shot is like a lethal weapon. But he was rushed to the NHL when he was far too young and that set him back … until now. Last year, he finished tied for third in goals (31) in his first full season in the AHL and most of those (22) came the hard way -- at even strength. He's in the hunt for a third-line job with the Bolts behind Marty St. Louis and Teddy Purcell, and could see occasional time on the power play if he can finally crack the lineup. Worst case scenario? He dominates the AHL for one more year. We still like his keeper value -- this guy has first-line upside sooner or later.
Connolly has extraordinary talent. But we can't help but wonder if he would have been better served in the Western -- and not National -- Hockey League last year. At some point, he'll be a first-line winger, but this year, he's destined for the third or fourth line. Or even some development time in the AHL. It could be another rough year for the sniper.
There was a time -- before his hip injury at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tourney -- that Connolly was seen as the best player in the 2010 draft class. He slipped to sixth based on injury fears and it looks like the Bolts struck gold. Connolly is an elite talent who can take over games with his speed, smarts and skill. His hockey IQ is better than most guys already in the NHL. And his sniping is phenomenal (he scored 46 goals in just 57 junior games last season). But there's always the injury risk -- he had a suspected concussion at the 2010 World Juniors, where he represented Canada and he suffered the first injury at the 2011 development camp for the same squad. He's a solid pick for keeper leaguers, particularly if the Bolts decide to start his pro career in 2012-13 beside, say, Vinny Lecavalier.
Connolly wears an elite tool belt. And if it weren’t for a hip flexor injury that limited him to just 16 games this past season, he might have challenged Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin for top billing for in the 2009 draft. He’s one of the best pure goal scorers in the draft and he’s an absolutely effortless skater. But serious hip flexor injuries at such a young age do concern us, just the same way they’ve concerned a lot of scouts. He needs to put some muscle on his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame to withstand the pounding he’ll take along the walls in the NHL. And he's already taken the advice of his new general manager Steve Yzerman and worked on his core strength and speed. He'll spend this season back in the Western Hockey League where he'll look to rekindle the magic he showed as the 2008-09 Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year.
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Hits goal-scoring slump
RWFlorida Panthers
January 22, 2020
Connolly was held off the scoresheet with only one shot and a minus-2 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.
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Contributes pair of helpers
RWFlorida Panthers
January 12, 2020
Connolly registered two assists, three shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Fires game-winner
RWFlorida Panthers
January 5, 2020
Connolly scored a goal on three shots and added a pair of hits in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins.
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Collects assist
RWFlorida Panthers
December 30, 2019
Connolly picked up an assist in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Canadiens.
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Goal drought continues
RWFlorida Panthers
December 24, 2019
Connolly was held without a goal for the seventh straight game in Monday's 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
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