Leading up to the 2010 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?
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BRETT CONNOLLY #3 North American Skater Prince George, WHL Position: Right Wing Shoots: Right Height: 6'2 Weight: 181 Born: 5/2/92 Born In: Campbell River, BC THE SHINNY: Seen as scouts as a power forward, Brett Connolly tops in as the third ranked prospect despite playing in just 16 games during the 2009-10 campaign. Connolly was dominant in those games however, registering 19 points (10 goals). that came after missing most of the season due to several hip flexor injuries. Connolly did have a fantastic first season in the WHL, becoming the first 16-year old to score 30 goals in the season since Patrick Marleau (1995-96). NHL Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan: “He puts the puck in the net, he's got good size, great on-ice awareness. He's not a crasher or a banger, but he finishes his checks. He does everything well." Connolly On Connolly: "I like (Columbus forward) Rick Nash. He’s a big, strong skilled forward who I want to model my game around. We have similar traits"
"Fake shot, backhand, forehand, upstairs""
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Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM 2008-09 Prince George WHL 65 30 30 60 38 2009-10 Prince Geore WHL 16 10 9 19 8 NEWS: Injury Woes Making Connolly's Spot A Tough Call (5.11.10) Drafting players at its best is a high-level gamble, and that comes after scouts have had five, 10 or more opportunities to see a player in action. But what about when scouts can't see that player -- how are they supposed to file a fair evaluation? That's the conundrum facing NHL teams when their turn comes to pick and highly talented Prince George Cougars right wing Brett Connolly remains on the board. View More