Conor Sheary

Mark Allan

2017-06-04

 

Conor Sheary, LW/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-8

Weight: 175

Born:  1992-06-08

Hometown: Winchester, MA, USA

Drafted: Signed as free agent, 2015

 

Observations:

June 2017 – The Little Guy Who Could won’t be listed here among prospects much longer because he’s proved he belongs with the big boys whether joining Jake Guentzel to flank Sidney Crosby or playing an effective two-way, bottom-six game. In fact, injuries and his value to the team in roles below a scoring line are all that stand between Sheary and a long career as a highly paid offensive star. An RFA in the off-season, Sheary will remain with the Penguins one way or another. Racking up 53 points in a 61-game contract year is great for job security. He would have piled up even more points were it not for second-half injuries that cost him about a quarter of the season. Mark Allan

February 2017 – Sheary’s ever-increasing offensive stats will be frozen for four to six weeks after he suffered an upper-body injury. Playing regularly on Sidney Crosby’s left side, the hustling, opportunistic sophomore has 35 points (17 Gs, 18 As) in 42 games, producing offensively whether Patric Hornqvist or Brian Rust is RW on the line. The pint-sized Sheary is plus-18 and has received significant PP time. His offense will always be Crosby-dependent to a degree, although he’s established himself as a credible top-six winger and has chipped in with timely offense when deployed on the fourth line. The Penguins are so deep at forward that Sheary’s placement must be monitored when he returns. Mark Allan

January 2017 – Playing way bigger than his puny stature, the darting, diminutive winger is having the time of his life with 11 goals, 14 assists and plus-11 in 34 games, primarily with Sidney Crosby and Patrik Hornqvist. Susceptible to injury and largely dependent offensively on line placement, Sheary has nonethless proved to coach Mike Sullivan he can play in multiple roles and contribute to team success. Whether he's riding shotgun with Crosby or buzzing around in the bottom six, Sheary has arrived as a bonafide NHLer. You might still be able to steal him late in a draft.