The Wild announced the news Friday. Connelly led all AHL defencemen in scoring last season with 52 points on six goals and 46 assists while playing for Rockford and Abbotsford.
It's a two-way deal, meaning Connelly will be paid more if he is playing with the Wild and less if he is with the club's AHL affiliate in Houston. From nearby Bloomington, he played three seasons at Colorado College.
It's been a busy week for the Wild, who surprised the NHL by signing forward Zach Parise and defenceman Ryan Suter to matching $98 million contracts Wednesday.
You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.
— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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