Dynamic, skillful winger with great playmaking and puck-carrying abilities. Plays a very unrefined game, but has sky-high upside.
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November 2023: Connelly plays with unmatched confidence. He constantly tries to take on opponents one-on-one, pushes through checks with shoulder drops and great puck placement, and always goes for the throat with his offensive zone incursions. A major difference between Connelly last year versus this year, is that he is trusting his teammates a lot more to complete his plays. As a result, his playmaking game has grown and he has adopted a distributor role that fits his skillset better than the finisher role he was trying to force last year.
Despite the absurd skill level, there are some worrying setbacks in Connelly’s game. His defensive game is lackluster, the motor is very inconsistent, and there have been major questions with character that will likely have some teams very hesitant to bet on his upside, no matter how high it is. Developing a more mature game and showing whoever picks him that he can improve will be essential if he is going to reach his top-line ceiling. Hadi Kalakeche (November rankings: 19th overall)
|2015-2016||Western Selects||Brick Invitational||6||4||3||7||6||||
|2017-2018||Pro Hockey Selects U12||WSI U12||8||6||7||13||-||||
|2018-2019||Anaheim Jr. Ducks||QC Int PW||2||3||0||3||0||||
|2019-2020||San Diego Saints 14U AA 1||14U AA||67||87||50||137||100||||
|2020-2021||North Jersey Avalanche 14U AAA||AYHL 14U||1||1||1||2||2||||
|Anaheim Jr. Ice Dogs 14U AAA||14U AAA||20||20||24||44||55||||
|2021-2022||Long Island Gulls 16U AAA||NEPACK 16U||9||5||5||10||6||||
|USA U18||Hlinka Gretzky Cup||5||5||5||10||4||||