Connor Hurley
Image: Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images

Connor Hurley

Hometown:

Eagan Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-09-15

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (38th overall), 2013

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Connor Hurley skated for the bantam team at Minnesota’s Shattuck St. Mary’s School. He scored 20 goals with 39 assists in 58 games.

2010-11: Hurley played for Holy Angels High School alongside his older brother Cullen Hurley and was the team’s fourth-leading scorer as a freshman. He scored 10 goals with 27 assists and was plus-29 with 26 penalty minutes. The Stars won 7 of 8 games at one point but lost to Prior Lake, 4-3, in the Section 2AA quarterfinals.

2011-12: Hurley transferred from Holy Angels to Section 2AA rival Edina for his sophomore season. He led the team in scoring, finishing with 26 goals and 32 assists in 30 games and was plus-one with 12 penalty minutes. The Hornets captured the Section 2AA championship and reached the state tournament’s third place game. Hurley participated in the USA Hockey Select 17 camp in June.

2012-13: Hurley made his USHL debut with Muskegon and led Edina in scoring as a junior as the Hornets captured the Minnesota AA state championship. In 14 games with the Lumberjacks (including three USHL playoff games) he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was minus-one. Hurley skated in ten games with the USA NDTP’s U18 team prior to the high school season, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist. Playing on Edina’s top line with Dylan Malmquist and Andy Jordahl he scored 20 goals with 32 assists in 31 games. Edina defeated Hill-Murray, 5-2, in the championship game. Hurley committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2014-15 and was ranked 45th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Hurley is a lanky center who possesses strong playmaking skills. His long reach makes it difficult for defenders to take the puck away and he loves creating space for himself with his ability to stickhandle through traffic. He is not afraid to engage physically.

Future

Hurley will play for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks for one year before joining Cal Petersen at Notre Dame for the 2014-15 season. Hurley has the potential to be a scoring second line center, but he is at least two to three years away from turning pro.

Dynamic group of forwards represent Buffalo Sabres at CHL level

by Jason Chen
on

Vaclav Karabacek - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Vaclav Karabacek is one of seven prospects representing the Buffalo Sabres in the Canadian major junior hockey ranks. Karabacek was picked in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

 

Many of the Buffalo Sabres‘ top prospects are already earning their stripes in the pros, but the organization’s war chest of young players runs deep, with several other key prospects currently playing in the CHL and USHL.

Read more»

Rebuilding Buffalo Sabres boast deep, talented group of prospects

by Jason Chen
on

Jake McCabe - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Jake McCabe is one of several Buffalo Sabres defensive prospects who are pushing for spots in the NHL. McCabe was a second round pick from 2012. (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire)

 

Once the Buffalo Sabres are done collecting their puzzle pieces, it will be a matter of figuring out how they will all fit together. The Sabres have the cornerstones in place with Sam Reinhart at center and Rasmus Ristolainen on defense, but the short-term focus is to make sure that every prospect in the organization takes a step forward.

Read more»

Many Buffalo Sabres prospects looking to have big seasons in 2014-15

by Jason Chen
on

Eric Cornel - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Forward Eric Cornel could be poised for a big offensive season in 2014-15. Cornel was selected 44th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Over the past three NHL Drafts, the Buffalo Sabres have made 12 picks in the first two rounds, more than any other team over that period of time. It is a big reason why the Sabres are regarded to have the deepest pool of prospects in the league, but the organization has supplemented their high picks by unearthing potential gems in the later rounds, such as Cal Petersen or Sean Malone.

Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Buffalo Sabres draft review

by Jason Chen
on

Sam Reinhart - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Forward Sam Reinhart was selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Reinhart is the highest selection the Sabres have made since they picked Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

General manager Tim Murray was all business at his first NHL Draft, wasting little time making his picks. The Buffalo Sabres are quite deep at every position, but since the focus was on defensemen last year with Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, the attention shifted toward forwards this year. The Sabres used seven of their nine draft picks on forwards, including four in the first two rounds.

Read more»

Several Buffalo Sabres prospects enjoyed productive postseasons

by Jason Chen
on

Nikita Zadorov - Buffalo Sabres

Photo: Defenseman Nitkita Zadorov had a strong postseason for the London Knights, managing four goals and five assists in nine playoff games. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

The parent club was in shambles for much of the 2013-14 season, but the plight of the Buffalo Sabres did not adversely affect the development of their deep pool of prospects. Though the Rochester Americans felt the effects of Buffalo's roster shuffle throughout the season, the organization's prospects at the junior and amateur levels performed well, with the majority of them qualifying for the playoffs in their respective leagues.

Read more»

Related Articles