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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 delivered a game-tying goal in the third period Monday night before he and the Tampa Bay Lightning fell 3-2 to the Oilers in Edmonton.
Connolly, whose goal was his second of the young season, also was a plus-two on the night. The Lightning's other goal, which gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead early in the second period, was produced by new Tampa Bay forward Brian Boyle, his first of the season. Oct 21 - 12:24 AM

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Brett Connolly was one of five players to score a goal in the Lightning 5-1 preseason win over the Stars on Tuesday.

Connolly had a goal and helper while Richard Panik, Nikita Kucherov, J.T. Brown and Cedric Paquette had goals in the blowout win. The goals support came early and often for Ben Bishop who was solid in stopping 21-of-22 shots faced for the visiting Lightning. It was the second time in four days that Tampa beat Dallas in preseason action.
Oct 1 - 12:31 AM

It looks like Brett Connolly will be able to start the season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He has to clear waivers to be sent down to the minors and he has looked good at training camp so far. "He looks bigger, leaner and faster ... and I think he has been buzzing around the ice," coach Jon Cooper said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him play because it looks like he has worked really hard to show that he wants to not only make this team but play." Connolly has played just 16 games with the Lightning over the past two seasons. He was among the big club's final cuts a year ago and will be hoping to avoid that disappointment for a second straight time.
Sep 23 - 8:10 AM

Brett Connolly got a look on the second line of the Lightning on the first day of training camp.

He skated with Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn. Connolly spent most of the 2013-14 season in the minors, but he has a shot to make Tampa Bay's roster out of training camp.
Sep 20 - 5:35 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Brenden Morrow
4Alex Killorn
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Brett Connolly
5Michael Blunden
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
9Luke Witkowski
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov