The Minnesota Wild bolstered its defensive depth on Friday by inking defenseman Brian Connelly to a two-year, two-way deal. The move gives the Wild an added weapon from the blue line capable of contributing at the offensive end and displaying outstanding puck moving ability and skating.
The Bloomington native split time between the Abbotsford Heat and Rockford IceHogs last season of the American Hockey League. His 52 points (6-46=52) ranked second amongst defensemen in the AHL.
Connelly has played in the AHL All-Star Game the last two seasons. At last year's AHL Skills Competition, he represented the Western Conference in the Fastest Skater Competition.
The 26-year-old has played professionally. For three seasons, all in the AHL. Before turning pro, the blueliner was a three-year standout at Colorado College. With the Tigers, he amassed 63 points (8-55=63) and was a teammate of Nate Prosser and Chad Rau.
A left-handed shot, Connelly is listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds.