Kyle Connor

by daviddickenson on February 13, 2018

 

Kyle Connor, LC

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 183

Born: 1996-12-09

Hometown: Shelby Township, MI, USA

Drafted: 2015 by Winnipeg Jets, 17th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

February 2018 - This season has been a bit of a coming out party for Connor, thanks in large part to an injury to Jets star forward, Mark Scheifele. Connor has helped head coach Paul Maurice fill a void on that top line and he’s rewarded his bench boss to the tune of 18 goals and 35 points in 50 games. The 21-year-old has often been thought of as a great two-way prospect because of his tremendous speed, but he’s been thrust into a scoring role this season and answered the call nicely. Jamie Zadow

September 2017 - Connor has bounced around throughout the preseason between the third line and even got a taste of some first line action beside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. It would appear that Connor will once again find himself in the Jets opening night roster as he looks to establish himself as a scoring winger in the bottom six that could push for some added powerplay time. - Jamie Zadow

 

May 2017 – Because of his natural skating ability and 200-ft. game Connor was possibly rushed a little this season to play in the NHL. He didn’t look out of place scoring five points in 20 games with the Jets, however it was evident there was still some development to do, which is why he flourished when sent back to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. As a top-liner with the Moose, Connor was able to make the most of his minutes and use his speed and puck handling skills to the most of his abilities on his way to 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 points in 52 games. – David Dickenson

October 2016 – After an impressive showing at rookie camp and training camps, Kyle Connor made the Winnipeg Jets' opening day 22-man roster for the 2016-17 season. – David Dickenson

September 2016 – Connor was projected to be a long-term prospect for the Jets, when they drafted him in 2015, but his play at the University of Michigan made him a must-sign prospect and put him on the express road to the NHL. Connor plays a dynamic two-way game, but it's his skating and vision which sets him apart and could help him land a spot on the Jets roster in his first year as a pro. – David Dickenson

April 2016 – After being drafted 17th overall in 2015, Kyle Connor had a stand out year playing for his hometown Michigan Wolverines, putting up an eye-popping 35 goals and 36 assists for 71 points. Most impressively, he was able to accomplish that feat in only 38 games played which helped him place second in the voting for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in the country, an extremely impressive feat for a rookie. That scoring pace, for comparison’s sake, was the same amount as Jack Eichel in his first year but in two fewer games.

Kyle Connor ended his season by signing a professional contract with the Winnipeg Jets and being named to the World Championship team for the U.S.A. He will likely begin next season in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose.Aynsley Scott

June 2015 - The Winnipeg Jets continue their strong drafting reputation, albeit this time by virtue of favourable circumstances, after Kyle Connor dropped into their laps at 17th overall. Brendan Ross

May 2015 - After leading the USHL in points with 80 (56 games), Kyle Connor took home several accolades including USHL Forward of the Year, First All-Star Team nomination and USHL Player of the Year capping off a fantastic draft season. Connor is projected to be a first round selection and has the potential to be picked inside the Top 10. Brendan Ross

 

February 2015 – Highly energetic USHL pivot with slick puck handling ability, Kyle Connor drives the offense for the Youngstown Phantoms. Connor was a standout for Team USA at the 2014 Under-18 Tournament as an underage forward producing at a point-per-game and he’s clipping along over that rate in his third season with Youngstown. Named USHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 25th, Connor’s four goals and five points in three games added to his impressive season point totals. Connor sits at 19 goals and 48 points through 38 games which ranks him second in USHL scoring. Committed to the University of Michigan next year, Kyle Connor has a bright future as a two-way forward who’s capable of becoming a top line player at the next level based on his superb skating skills, strong hockey sense and driven motor. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: A

The NHL’s become a speed game again and Connor has that in spades. He’s been a little slower to adapt to the NHL game, but there’s little doubt he’ll be a point producer in the NHL soon enough.

 

Footage:

Kyle Connor scores back-to-back goals:

 

Kyle Connor – All American Prospects Game:

 

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  • R McGinnis

    Kyle Connor @65…..are you high?

    • Dobber Sports

      Where does he rank on your list? I’m not high at all, but I can see if while reviewing 1100 prospects that a couple get too high by 20 or 30 or too low that it happens from time to time. I have no idea if you mean higher or lower (meaning I think he’s fine there – years away)

      • R McGinnis

        He’s one of the top 20 prospects in hockey (easily) at any position. I understand you give more credence to how close they are, but I could see this guy leaving college after this season as he has very little left to learn there. He is dominating his draft +1 like no other. I feel the same way about Boeser and White, but those guys could easily play another season in college. I don’t see how Mitch Marner is any closer to the NHL and I don’t think Marner’s offensive upside is any better.

        I am a Canucks fan….so I’m unbiased.

      • Dobber Sports

        He won’t be in the NHL next year. And by the time he gets 55+ points it will be three to four seasons from now. And his upside is worlds below Marner’s (and if you want to see my unflattering feelings about Marner, check what I said here: http://forums.dobbersports.com/showthread.php?196079-Marner-offer&highlight=marner ). I took a look at the list and I ‘could’ swap him with anyone 34th or lower. But really nobody in the Top 33 would I trade for him.

      • Mark

        Just a heads up, with Ladd traded and Connor absolutely tearing up the NCAA, I’d say it’s 50/50 he makes the NHL next year. Only thing holding him back is his defense which is a step behind Larkin but I think he has more offensive upside than Larkin. I’m really high on this guy and believed he should have gone top 10 last draft

      • Dobber

        If he turns pro it’s 50/50. And turning pro is probably 50/50, IMO

      • chinafromtheinside

        I wonder how you feel about Connor now, a year later. Before the season, I thought he’d stick with the big club and be good for 30+ points over the season. I think he would have done that easily, considering how strong he came on at the end of the AHL season. 17 goals in the last 20 games.
        Where do you see him next year? The Jets’ roster is a toss up as there are a lot of different ways expansion could go, but I think he’s our 3LW to start the year with either Lowry or Roslovic and Armia, and probably gets on a line with Little and Ehlers by Christmas. I thought 30+ for 2016-17, I’m thinking ~45 this year based on a full season, and I’m pretty sure he’ll play most of the season as a Jet (60+ games). Does that fall in line with your expectations?

  • Dobber Sports

    Where does he rank on your list?

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