2009-10: Connor Crisp played for the York Simcoe Express minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He scored 31 goals with 37 assists and had 126 penalty minutes in 60 games. Crisp was selected by Erie in the second round (31st overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.
2010-11: Crisp played 48 games for Erie in his first OHL season, missing five weeks early in the season due to a concussion. Skating on a veteran Otters team that finished third in the Midwest Division, he scored 5 goals and was -5 with 45 penalty minutes. Crisp appeared in all seven playoff games during the first round series with Windsor and had no points with 4 penalty minutes in limited ice time.
2011-12: Crisp suffered a shoulder injury which kept him out most of the season for Erie. Crisp made an emergency appearance in goal for Erie in his first game back, taking over after starter Ramis Sadikov suffered a head injury two minutes into a game against Niagara. In six games in his regular forward spot he had 1 assist and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes. Erie missed the OHL playoffs, finishing last in the Midwest Division and winning just 10 games.
2012-13: Crisp returned from his injuries to have a strong two-way season for the Otters in his third OHL season. He scored 22 goals with 14 assists in 63 games and was -31 while leading Erie with 139 penalty minutes. Erie again missed the playoffs – finishing last in the Midwest Division. In his second year of draft eligibility, Crisp was not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings but was selected by Montreal in the third round (71st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Crisp made his pro debut with Canadiens’ AHL affiliate Hamilton in March following his junior season with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. He scored 2 goals and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in seven AHL games. The Bulldogs missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the North Division. Crisp scored 28 goals with 27 assists and was +11 in 67 games for Sudbury. leading the Wolves with 120 penalty minutes. Sudbury finished second in the Central Division, falling to Barrie in a first-round playoff series. Crisp scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -4 with 10 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in April 2014.
2014-15: Crisp skated in 39 games for Montreal AHL affiliate Hamilton in his first pro season. Filling mostly an enforcer role for the Bulldogs he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 102 penalty minutes — trailing only defenseman Joe Finley (132) for the team lead. Hamilton finished third in the North Division, six points behind the Chicago Wolves for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Carr came over as a college free-agent signing last year and showed everyone why the Canadiens organization was so excited to have him on board. His tenacity and fearless play are comparable to current Habs forward Brendan Gallagher. While not the biggest player on the ice, Carr doesn't shy away from battles in corners and aggressive play along the boards. He is quick on his skates and has a high hockey IQ that places him in the right position for a pass. He has a goal-scoring touch as well, scoring 24 goals in 76 games in his first season in the AHL. He also has the character and passion that Montreal executives cherish. Carr could challenge for a top-nine role with the Canadiens in the near future, should his development continue the way it has.
Carr is among a crowded group to challenge for a spot with the Canadiens for the 2015-16 season, but will likely secure a top-six spot in St. John's to start the year.