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Draft Prospect Profile #3 - Brett Connolly

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Position: Right Wing
Age: 17
Date of Birth: May 2, 1992
Place of Birth: Prince George, BC
Ht: 6' 2" Wt: 181lbs
Shoots: Right

Despite missing much of the 2009-2010 WHL season due to a hip injury suffered in international play with Team Canada, Brett Connolly is a hard skating, aggressive forward with a nose for the puck and excellent stick handling skills. Playing for his hometown team, the Prince George Cougars, he was the first 16 year old to score 30 goals in the WHL since Patrick Marleau and the 2008-2009 CHL rookie of the year. 

2009/2010 Regular Season Stats:

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

16

10

9

19

+2

8

Scouting Report: (Puck Prospectus)

Another player who brings many dimensions. Connolly is a great skater with great strength. He battles it out for the puck, can bring his physical game to the ice at anytime and he's a smart player who can consistently be found around the puck. Saddled with a lengthy injury, where Brett goes in this Draft remains a mystery depending on how he heals.

Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:

Given the uncertainty of Nikita Filatov's return, the Jackets could hedge their bets by adding a player with a great wheels, a strong scoring touch, and a willingness to get physical to help make a scoring chance. Connolly has mentioned that he tries to model his play on Rick Nash - as he continues to develop and fill out, why not give him a chance to learn up close?

Connolly in action:

   

 Brett Connolly of the Prince George Cougars (via PGCitizen)