Connor Brickley
Image: U. of Vermont

Connor Brickley

Hometown:

Everett Massachusetts

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-25

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (50th overall), 2010

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Connor Brickley scored 17 goals with 18 assists and 60 PIM in 30 games for Boston's Belmont Hill School.

2009-10: Rookie with the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers. In 52 games for the Buccanneers, Brickley scored 22 goals and added 21 assists for 43 points.  He also totaled 68 penalty minutes on the season.  Played in the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.  Brickley also was selected for the 2010 USHL All-Star Game, and played for Team USA at the Under-18 World Junior Championships.  He is the nephew of former NHL player, Andy Brickley.

2010-11: Brickley appeared in 35 games as a freshman for the University of Vermont (Hockey East). On a team that struggled to score goals, he had 4 goals with 9 assists and was -8 with 33 PMs. The Catamounts had just six wins but seven ties in Hockey East play and finished seventh in the ten-team conference.

2011-12: Brickley's sophomore season at the University of Vermont got off to a promising start before he joined the USA team for the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship in December. He scored 8 goals in the Catamounts' first 14 games, including two goals in an October upset win over nationally-ranked Minnesota. Brickley suffered a serious injury in his third game at the WJC when his calf muscle was cut by a skate blade, forcing him to miss nearly a month. He finished the year with 9 goals and 3 assists and was minus-13 with 16 penalty minutes in 23 games for the Catamounts. Vermont finished last in Hockey East. Brickley was minus-three with no points nor penalty minutes in his brief stint with Team USA, which finished seventh.

2012-13: Brickley's tough luck when it comes to injuries continued in his junior season at Vermont. He was cut on his forearm in a game against Boston University in November and missed nearly two months. In 24 games with the Catamounts he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was -4 with 31 penalty minutes. Vermont reached the Hockey East tournament, finishing tied for seventh with Maine, and was swept by second-place Boston College.

 

Talent Analysis

Brickley is a two-way player with a dedicated work ethic. He plays bigger than his size, but he needs to get much stronger on the puck and on his skates. Brickley possesses the requisite skills necessary to play at the pro level but is still raw in terms of physical development and tactical play. Brickley plays the full length of the ice and plays mostly mistake-free hockey.

Future

Brickley decided to return to Vermont for his senior season where he will try once more to shake off the injuries that have slowed him over the past couple of seasons and restore some of his scoring ability and commanding play. At this point he projects as more of a checking-line player in the NHL with some limited offensive upside, a steady presence and good leadership capabilities.

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