Connor Brickley
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Connor Brickley


Everett Massachusetts

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2nd round (50th overall), 2010


195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


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

2009-10: Brickley scored 22 goals and added 21 assists for 43 points in his first season with the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers.  He also totaled 68 penalty minutes on the season.  He played for the USA U18 team 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.

2013-14: Brickley made his pro hockey debut with Florida AHL affiliate San Antonio following his senior season at Vermont and signed a two-year entry level contract with the Panthers in April 2014. In eight games with the Rampage he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes. San Antonio missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the West Division. Brickley scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was +2 with 49 penalty minutes in 35 games for Vermont. The Catamounts finished seventh in Hockey East but earned an at-large berth in the NCAA East Regional after defeating Massachusetts-Amherst in a first round playoff game and taking second-place Massachusetts-Lowell to three games in the quarterfinals. Vermont lost to eventual national champion Union, 5-2, in an East Regional semifinal game.

2014-15: Brickley had an extremely efficient first full season as a pro with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. He stayed healthy, playing in 73 regular season games, and finished second on the team in scoring with 47 points, behind only veteran Bobby Butler. He added a goal and one assist in three playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Brickley is a two-way player with a dedicated work ethic. He plays bigger than his size and is strong on the puck and on his skates. Brickley possesses the requisite skills necessary to play at the pro level and made strides in terms of physical development and tactical play during his college career at the University of Vermont. Brickley plays the full length of the ice and plays mostly mistake-free hockey.


Brickley has one more year on his contract, but after such an impressive rookie campaign there isn’t a ton of pressure on the former Vermont standout to earn another; that said, it will be a big year in his development as he’ll be expected to lead the Portland Pirates offensively and could very well see time with the Panthers in 2015-16. At this point he projects as more of a checking-line player in the NHL with some limited offensive upside; a steady presence with leadership capabilities who should fit in well with some of the young skill players making their way into the Panthers' lineup.

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