Connelly, 27, has played 50 games this season with the Iowa Wild of the AHL, leading the team in assists (27) and points (32). He ranks second among team defensemen in goals (5) and power-play goals (3).
Connelly will report to Rockford, where he spent parts of four seasons from 2009-12.
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
— Oilers coach Todd McLellan on starting the 2015-16 season without a captain
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