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06-03-2010, 05:36 PM
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A Brett Connolly discussion...without the injuries

It seems to me that every discussion about Connolly goes the same with: Well without the injuries he could be special. I realize that it's a huge factor involving him, but I just want to know what kind of player he was pre-injury. Anyone ever seen him? Strength as a player? Weaknesses?

Would love to discuss Brett Connolly without the I word.

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06-03-2010, 05:51 PM
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Umm, as for Connolly, he has some elite level offensive potential.

Some have compared him to Dany Heatley, others to a Rick Nash type of player.

He has the potential to be the 3rd best forward in the draft...maybe even better then Hall or Seguin if things fall right...

There are a lot of safer picks though, Johansen, Skinner, Etem, Neideritter(sp?) etc

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Its impossible to talk about him without bringing up the injury. Its just too big of a question mark.

It was like Jared Cowen last year.

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Well the numbers speak for themselves in his rookie season. He's got decent height, with a frame that should easily support added muscle/weight.

During his rookie season I found he was much more involved defensively, not so much this past year when in the few games he played however. That being said, the team as a whole was beyond garbage and often looked for shortcuts for scoring chances.

Connolly however has great hands and a wicked release. He could stand to use his size more, as is often the case with a lot of young junior players. But he isn't afraid to go into those dirty areas for the puck, and quite often was able to win board battles on his own.

I did notice this past season that, at least in the few home games he played, he didn't use his teammates as much as he probably should have. That's not to say his passing is poor, it's just in MY opinion he's more of a shooter/scorer.

I believed, and told coworkers, friends and pretty much anyone that would listen during Connolly's rookie season that he was a top 5 pick, and with a really good 09-10 season he'd be a top 3 pick. He's still got a shot at being a top 5 pick...but the lack of games, and that "I" word may have some teams a little worried.

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Well the numbers speak for themselves in his rookie season. He's got decent height, with a frame that should easily support added muscle/weight.

During his rookie season I found he was much more involved defensively, not so much this past year when in the few games he played however. That being said, the team as a whole was beyond garbage and often looked for shortcuts for scoring chances.

Connolly however has great hands and a wicked release. He could stand to use his size more, as is often the case with a lot of young junior players. But he isn't afraid to go into those dirty areas for the puck, and quite often was able to win board battles on his own.

I did notice this past season that, at least in the few home games he played, he didn't use his teammates as much as he probably should have. That's not to say his passing is poor, it's just in MY opinion he's more of a shooter/scorer.

I believed, and told coworkers, friends and pretty much anyone that would listen during Connolly's rookie season that he was a top 5 pick, and with a really good 09-10 season he'd be a top 3 pick. He's still got a shot at being a top 5 pick...but the lack of games, and that "I" word may have some teams a little worried.
could be the best in the draft. no supporting cast in PG either

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Impressive regular season numbers all things considered. Can't say the same for the u18's though. But who knows what kind of ailments he was playing through during that tournament.

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Its impossible to talk about him without bringing up the injury. Its just too big of a question mark.

It was like Jared Cowen last year.
Anybody know if there are other players who have had similar hip injuries early in their career and have gone on to have long careers? PS. What was the exact injury? Thanx

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Can someone who is familiar with PG give a points projection for this past year in the WHL had he been healthy?

Also assuming he remains healthy in the NHL, what is his points projection ceiling?

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Can someone who is familiar with PG give a points projection for this past year in the WHL had he been healthy?

Also assuming he remains healthy in the NHL, what is his points projection ceiling?

85 points, around 45 goals if healthy all year. If he was healthy all year a good chance his regular center would not have been dealt, by the time he came back from injury any other player with any offense had been traded, all he had left was a bunch of 16 and 17's, of which few deserved to be in the WHL.

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85 points, around 45 goals if healthy all year. If he was healthy all year a good chance his regular center would not have been dealt, by the time he came back from injury any other player with any offense had been traded, all he had left was a bunch of 16 and 17's, of which few deserved to be in the WHL.
Thanks Luongold.

Any projection on what numbers he can top out at in the NHL if everything goes right?

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Umm, as for Connolly, he has some elite level offensive potential.

Some have compared him to Dany Heatley, others to a Rick Nash type of player.

He has the potential to be the 3rd best forward in the draft...maybe even better then Hall or Seguin if things fall right...

There are a lot of safer picks though, Johansen, Skinner, Etem, Neideritter(sp?) etc

So let me get this straight, you're making fun of him because he's not like you and doesn't make 200 posts a day? Gotcha.

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When I saw him and the other prospects sit down with Don Cherry, I was surprised at how big he is. I thought Gudbranson was supposed to be the beast of the bunch but Connolly looked quite a bit bigger. The kid is huge.

Then he was asked to describe his game, and he compared his style to Rick Nash. So I think it would be awesome if Columbus took him, they would have two Rick Nash's! I don't know if it's the most practical choice but it is an intriguing scenario.

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Why is he though of circa 5th overall, when Pulkkinen is now 35th?

Year ago they were both Top 10.

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really thinhk that he is going to be great but there is the risk vs reward system.... the reward is highter

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So let me get this straight, you're making fun of him because he's not like you and doesn't make 200 posts a day? Gotcha.
I honestly wasn't making fun of him.

You just don't see too many guys who joined in 2002 who are still posting on Hfboards and have such a low total.

Infact if anything it's kinda cool. Everyone is going for mondo post counts, and this guy still comes to hfboards and posts now and then more then 8 years after he joined and yet has kept his post count astoundingly low.

Astonishing really. but no I wasn't making fun of him....

Just looked like a statistical anomally to me.

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I honestly wasn't making fun of him.

You just don't see too many guys who joined in 2002 who are still posting on Hfboards and have such a low total.

Infact if anything it's kinda cool. Everyone is going for mondo post counts, and this guy still comes to hfboards and posts now and then more then 8 years after he joined and yet has kept his post count astoundingly low.

Astonishing really. but no I wasn't making fun of him....

Just looked like a statistical anomally to me.
i thought that it was insane crazy...... in a cool way

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