Honestly, I don't see much in Connolly. Slow and undersized, without great puck skill. may have the puck skills to play in the NHL, but not sure he will be a regular. Note the way he's lighting up the A.
While he is a longshot to make the NHL, you are under selling Connolly. He's coming off knee surgery and working to get his game back. He won't be back to normal for awhile and was slowly worked back into the line-up. Let's not forget he led the Sharks minor league team prior to being traded. Let's see what he does from January on to see what is going on with him.
I'm assuming that it's some sort of scorekeeper mistake but Sgarbossa, Lerg, Connolly, Agozzino and van der Gulik got a minus on the first Marlies goal. If Monsters indeed had five forwards on the ice one minute into the game at even strength, I think that would be a coaching mistake.