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Fantasy Summary

Two-way forward with a strong defensive stick and great awareness. Needs to work on his offensive toolbox but possesses a lethal one-timer and can play in all situations.


Observations

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July 2023 – Connors continued his ascent in 2022-23 by accruing 26 points through 32 games, earning him Hockey East All-Rookie Team honours. His defensive awareness and stick checking abilities are the marquee aspects to his game, but the last couple of seasons he has shown a vast improvement in his offensive ability. As a draft eligible he posted 25 goals and 56 points in 61 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL and maintained that level of production in his NCAA rookie season. Connors figures to be utilized more as a defensive pivot at the professional level, but his continued offensive production will become too much to ignore at one point. He is a prospect of interest to watch next season if he can improve his shot selection and accuracy. If he does this, he will become a sleeper pick in dynasty and keeper leagues with deep prospect pools to stash. Sean Crocker

 

December 2022 – Passed over in his first year of draft eligibility, Connors finally heard his name called when the Kings decided to take a chance on him in the fourth round of last summer’s NHL Draft. In his rookie season with the UMass Minutemen of the NCAA, Connors has put up 17 points through 16 appearances, enough to earn him a look on Team USA’s 22-man roster at the upcoming World Junior Championships.

It has not always been sunshine and roses for the centre, as he went undrafted in his first year of eligibility before the Kings took a chance on the centre in 2022 after he put up a strong 25 goals and 56 points with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL Connors still has his work cut out for him as he continues to develop his offensive toolbox to go with his tremendous defensive prowess. His wrist shot and slapshot tend to be weaker and occasionally struggle to get off the ice. His one-timer, ironically enough, is one of his best traits as an offensive threat. Still, the foundation of his game is centred around the defensive aspect, and that can only help him as coaches will look to trust his ability to break up plays in the defensive end and generate offence in transition. Once he can become a difference maker rather than a mere passenger on his line, Connors has the upside of a middle-six forward with ability on both special teams. He will need a few seasons at the NCAA level before being considered to join the professional ranks, but he has the chops to get there. Sean Crocker

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type NCAA
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 10, 2003
Height 6‘1”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 4; Overall: 103

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 13U AAAT1EHL 13U5 3 36 4|        
  Philadelphia Jr. Flyers QC Int PW2 0 11 0|        
 2016-2017 Philadelphia Flyers Elite 13UAAAAYHL 13U23 18 1735 26|        
 2017-2018 Philadelphia Flyers Elite 14UAAAAYHL 14U16 11 1324 8|        
  Draftday Selects U15 2 WSI U155 1 01 0|        
  Malvern PrepUSHS-PA7 7 411 16|        
 2018-2019 Team Purple USA-S154 2 24 -|        
  Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 16U AAAAYHL 16U22 12 1931 30|        
  Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 16U AAAT1EHL 16U19 10 1121 12|        
  Malvern PrepUSHS-PA6 2 35 0|        
  XHP Selects U16WSI U166 1 56 0|        
 2019-2020 Team Royal USA-S165 1 45 6|        
  Mount St. Charles Acad 16U AAA16U AAA51 23 3861 -|        
  Rhode Island Saints 16U AAABEAST 16U7 3 14 4|Playoffs1 1 12
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL2 0 00 0|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP2 0 00 0|        
 2020-2021 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL50 3 1518 16|Playoffs2 1 01
 2021-2022 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL61 25 3156 45|Playoffs2 1 12
 2022-2023 Univ. of MassachusettsNCAA32 9 1726 8|        
  USA U20WJC-207 2 02 25|        
 2023-2024 Univ. of MassachusettsNCAA30 6 1319 12|        

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