ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Brett Connolly to a one-year, $850,000 contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Connolly, 24, registered 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 71 games with the Boston Bruins last season and earned career highs in points, assists and games played. The 6’2”, 200-pound forward recorded a career-high three assists on Feb. 11 at Winnipeg and scored a career-high 12 goals during the 2014-15 season. Connolly made his NHL debut on Oct. 7, 2011 at Carolina and scored his first career game-winning goal in overtime on Nov. 9, 2011 against Philadelphia. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft and has earned 59 points (27 goals, 32 assists) in 210 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and Boston.
Connolly earned 120 points (52 goals, 68 assists) in 137 career AHL games with Syracuse. He represented the AHL All-Stars in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and helped the Crunch reach the 2013 Calder Cup Finals. Connolly led Syracuse in goals (21) and points (57) in 2013-14 and ranked second on the team in goals (31) and points (63) in 2012-13 and was named to the AHL All-Star Second-Team.
He earned 152 points (86 goals, 66 assists) in 144 career WHL games with the Prince George Cougars. Connolly ranked third in the WHL in goals (46) in 2010-11 and became the sixth player in franchise history to reach the 40-goal plateau. He led the team in goals (30) and points (60) in 2008-09 and was named the WHL’s and CHL’s Rookie of the Year and was named to the CHL All-Rookie Team
Connolly has represented Canada at two World Junior Championships (2011, 2012), the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2008 World U18 Championship. The Campbell River, B.C., native won a gold medal with Canada at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Junior Championship.