Conor Garland


Scituate Massachusetts

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5th round (123rd overall), 2015


165 lbs.

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2011-12: Conor Garland returned to Massachusetts after spending a year at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota, where he had 116 points in 52 games for the school’s bantam team in 2010-11. Joining the Boston Junior Bruins in the Empire Junior Hockey League as a 15-year-old, he scored 42 goals with 52 assists and 53 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games. In five playoff games he scored 3 goals with 6 assists and 14 penalty minutes. Garland was selected by Moncton in the sixth round (104th overall) in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft and chosen by Muskegon in the third round (40th overall) in the 2012 USHL Futures Draft. In August 2012 he announced his commitment to playing college hockey at Penn State University in 2015-16.

2012-13: Garland began the season in the USHL, skating in six of Muskegon’s first 21 games before leaving the team in December to join the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, foregoing a college hockey career. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in his limited stint with the Lumberjacks. Garland scored 6 goals with 11 assists and was -6 with 16 penalty minutes in 26 regular season games for Moncton. The Wildcats finished second in the Maritimes Division, falling to Victoriaville in a first-round playoff series. Garland was -2 with no points nor penalties in five playoff games.

2013-14: Garland emerged as a scoring threat for Moncton in his first full season in the QMJHL, leading the Wildcats in scoring before suffering an upper-body injury in the second half of the season that forced him to miss nearly six weeks. He scored 24 goals with 30 assists in 51 regular season games and was -11 with 39 penalty minutes. Moncton finished third in the Maritimes Division before a first-round playoff exit, this time at the hands of Blainville-Boisbriand. Garland scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -7 with 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

2014-15: Garland received the Michel Briere Trophy as the QMJHL’s most valuable player after leading the league in scoring. In 67 regular season games for Moncton he scored 35 goals with 94 assists and was +21 with 66 penalty minutes. The Wildcats finished first in the Maritimes Division and reached the playoff semifinals before being swept by the Quebec Remparts. Garland scored 3 goals with 22 assists and was -2 with 17 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. He was ranked 86th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings in his second year of draft eligibility and was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine. Garland was selected by Arizona in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Garland, the CHL's leading scorer in 2014-15, can produce points on a consistent basis thanks to his vision, puck control, and unique ability to create offense seemingly out of nothing. Garland has work to do in the defensive zone and conditioning, but if he can maintain his scoring pace he will be a name to watch in the Coyotes system.


Garland participated in the USA Hockey evaluation camp for the 2016 World Junior Championship in Lake Placid. He will attend his first NHL camp with the Coyotes in the fall before likely returning to Moncton for his third QMJHL season in 2015-16. Long-range Garland has proven he can be a big scorer at the junior level but will need to develop all the ancillary areas of his game to have a shot at being a successful scorer at the pro level.

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