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Brett Connolly | Winger

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/2/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 191
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Brett Connolly has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Connolly 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. Jul 10 - 5:09 PM

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent Brett Connolly to AHL Syracuse.

Connolly 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.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 06:20:00 PM

Brett Connolly was bumped to the fourth line for Thursday's loss to San Jose.

The 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.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 10:21:00 AM

Brett Connolly was moved to center in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over Montreal.

He 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.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 08:02:00 AM

Coach 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.

"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.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:36:00 AM

Brett Connolly has been called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

GM 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.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 06:43:00 PM

Brett Connolly was returned to the AHL on Sunday.

He 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.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 08:03:00 AM

It wouldn't be surprising if Brett Connolly heads back to the minors in the very near future.

Connolly 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.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 11:07:00 AM

Brett Connolly still played Thursday night even though Martin St. Louis was able to suit up.

He 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.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 07:55:00 AM

Brett Connolly was called up by the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday.

Martin 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.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 08:02:00 AM

Brett Connolly was disappointed that he was assigned to the minors on Sunday.

"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.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Brett Connolly is a late addition to Tampa Bay's lineup for Friday's preseason match.

Connolly 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.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 02:36:00 PM

Brett Connolly scored two goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 in a Thursday preseason game.

It 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.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 10:05:00 PM

Brett Connolly feels he has something to prove at training camp and he intends to start the year with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"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.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 09:10:00 AM

Brett Connolly was re-assigned to Syracuse of the AHL Friday.

The 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.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 12:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
5Brett Connolly
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Richard Panik
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov