The Revitalization of Brett Connolly

at Madison Square Garden on February 19, 2017 in New York City.

Just seven years ago, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft took place with some big names fighting for the 1st overall selection. Those players were named Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall. Other big names that came out of that year are: Ryan Johansen, Cam Fowler, Jeff Skinner, and Brett Connolly. All of these players have had solid starts to their careers except for Brett Connolly. Connolly was taken 6th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning. His NHL career looked promising after playing very well in the WHL with the Prince George Cougars, where he registered 73 points in 59 games in the 2010-11 season. Thereafter, he played four seasons with Tampa Bay but never cracked fifteen points in any of those four seasons. His up and down play continued with the organization’s AHL team, the Syracuse Crunch. With his future looking bleak, the Lightning traded him to the Boston Bruins in March 2015 in exchange for 2015 and 2016 2nd round picks. However, his woes continued in Boston, playing in only 71 games and acquiring a mere 25 points. It seemed it was not going to work out in Boston and so at the end of the 2015-16 season, Brett Connolly was not re-signed. Then on July 1, 2016, the Washington Capitals took a gamble on him, hoping he could get his career going and add depth for the team. Now, here we are in 2017 in the 2nd half of the season and Brett has found himself a nice spot on the Capitals 3rd line. He plays on the left side of Lars Eller and on the right of Andre Burakovsky, who is currently hurt.Lars Eller also struggled with his career in Montreal, so it is fitting that both he and Connolly are on the same line. This line has looked very good at times and the chemistry is there. Connolly currently has 18 points and is on pace for a career high in points. The gamble Washington took on him has worked out so far and he will be a key player for them in the playoffs. As of this year, Brett Connolly has looked like he has found his game and should earn himself a nice contract with Washington at the end of the year, permitting the cap situation. He truly has revitalized his game in the nation’s capital.

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