Kyle Connor
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Kyle Connor

Hometown:

Shelby Township Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1996-12-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st Round (17th Overall), 2015

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Kyle Connor skated for the Belle Tire U16 team in Michigan. He scored 14 goals with 39 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games and had 1 goal with 5 assists and 2 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. Connor committed to playing college hockey at the University of Michigan in 2015-16 in April 2012. He was selected by Saginaw in the 14th round (274th overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Connor made his USHL debut as a 15-year-old and was the fourth-leading scorer for the Youngstown Phantoms. He scored 17 goals with 24 assists in 62 regular season games and was -17 with 16 penalty minutes. Youngstown finished third in the Eastern Conference, defeating Green Bay in a first-round playoff series before falling to eventual Clark Cup champion Dubuque in the semifinals. Connor had 3 assists and was -2 with no penalties in nine playoff games.

2013-14: Connor was the USHL’s second-leading scorer behind Omaha’s Jake Randolph for a Youngstown team that finished last in the Eastern Conference. He played for the USA NTDP U18 team following the USHL season and represented the USA in three international tournaments. Connor scored 31 goals with 43 assists and was -15 with 12 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Phantoms. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +8 in seven games for the NTDP U18 team. Connor scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games for the silver medal-winning USA U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August. He scored 2 goals, including the tie-breaking goal in the USA’s 4-1 win over Russia in the gold medal game, and had 3 assists in four games at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge. In seven games at the 2014 U18 World Juniors he scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +8. The USA defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2 in the gold medal game.

2014-15: Connor was the USHL’s leading scorer in his third season with Youngstown as the Phantoms finished with the league’s top record. He played for Team USA in his second World Junior A Challenge in December. Connor scored 34 goals with 46 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games. Muskegon upset the Phantoms in a conference quarterfinal series. In four playoff games Connor scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -4 with no penalties. In four games at the WJAC he scored 1 goals with 1 assist. The USA defeated Denmark, 3-2, in the gold medal game. Connor skated for Team Grier in the 2014 All-American Prospects Game and was ranked 13th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Winnipeg in the first round (17th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2016 IIHF World Championship: Michigan’s ‘CCM’ trio learns from the pros

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Tyler Motte (L) and Kyle Connor (R) - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Former University of Michigan forwards Tyler Motte (L) and Kyle Connor (R) are competing for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship along with their former linemate, JT Compher (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

 

 

Team USA’s 25-man roster at this year’s IIHF World Championship includes six players who played college hockey this season. Three of those were linemates with the No. 7-ranked team in the nation and the Big Ten tournament champion – the University of Michigan Wolverines. Read more»

Hockey’s Future 2016 NHL Prospect of the Year: Connor’s strong NCAA season a springboard to NHL career

by Chris Roberts
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Kyle Connor - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor was a runner-up for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award after a strong freshman campaign with the Wolverines (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

 

 

A few different considerations go into deciding the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Year – performance, expectation, and of course showing up on the monthly list throughout the season. There were standout players at every level of hockey this season, but nobody fit the criteria more than University of Michigan’s Kyle Connor (WPG). Read more»

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by Devin Slawson
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Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux has the skill and build to adjust quickly to pro hockey, having posted three points in five AHL games to close out this season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

 

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Harvard’s Vesey takes home Hobey, Demko, Connor honored, All-Americans named

by DJ Powers
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Jimmy Vesey - Harvard University - 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey was named the recipient of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award signifying the top player in all of U.S. college hockey, his second consecutive year as a finalist for that award (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

 

 

In the calm before the NCAA championship game storm that will take place on Saturday night in Tampa, U.S. college hockey handed out their top awards for the 2015-16 season. Those awards included the Tim Taylor Award, the Mike Richter Award, and the award designating the top player in all of NCAA hockey, the Hobey Baker Award. Read more»

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Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey has completed his senior season with the Crimson, one in which he has received a second consecutive Hobey Hat Trick nomination as one of the finalists for college hockey’s top individual award (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

 

 

The final full month of the 2015-16 college hockey season is in the books, with only the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four remaining on the schedule. With season’s end comes the presentation of major awards, as well as the end of college hockey careers for a number of seniors and players signing with NHL clubs. Read more»