The 27-year-old Connelly has played in 50 games this season with the AHL's Iowa Wild, leading the team in points (32) and assists (27). He also ranks second among team defencemen in goals (5).
The 32-year-old Winchester has 16 goals and 14 assists in 55 games this season with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He has played in 390 NHL games over seven seasons with Edmonton, Dallas, St. Louis, Anaheim and San Jose, recording 68 points and 552 penalty minutes.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday