Connolly, 21, had one assist in three games with the Crunch and in the preseason was tied for the team lead with four goals in five games.
Tampa Bay’s first-round pick (No. 6) at the 2010 NHL Draft, Connolly has five goals, 16 points and 30 penalty minutes in 73 NHL games. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound wing had one goal in five games with the Lightning last season.
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website