On March 2, 2015 the Bruins traded two 2nd round picks (2015 & 2016) to Tampa Bay for Brett Connolly. During Connolly’s second practice with the Bruins he took a shot to the hand and broke a finger. Connolly made it back for the last five games of the season and recorded 2 assists. But in those five games he showed a physical hard working game.
Brett Connolly was drafted 6th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2010 draft. That was the same draft the Bruins took Tyler Seguin 2nd overall. So Connolly has the pedigree of being a top 10 draft pick. Before Connolly was drafted Scouts described Connolly “as a natural leader with good on-ice awareness who plays in the style of a power forward.” Connolly is supposed to have a very good shot and release. Even recently on Twitter Bruins forward Max Talbot called him a “Sniper” when congratulating him on signing his contract. Before he was drafted he was compared to New York Ranger, Rick Nash, but hopefully he has better playoff runs down the road than Nash.
In Tampa Connolly was stuck behind a stacked lineup usually playing on the third or fourth lines. He still managed to score 12 goals in 45 games in Tampa this past season before being traded. That will be different in Boston. Connolly will most likely be on one of the top two lines and he will get power play time. Like all players who can really shoot the puck they need time and space, but that is something Connolly could get with power play minutes. He has had some injury issues in the past while playing junior hockey.
Brett Connolly will get a chance to play top line minutes in Boston. Hopefully he can make the best of it and turn into a 25-30 goal scorer that he is capable of. From the picture above we know he will be able to grow a playoff beard.