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Connor Brickley (born February 25, 1992) is an American professional hockey center who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the second round, 50th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Connor Brickley
Born (1992-02-25) February 25, 1992 (age 27)
Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Florida Panthers
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 50th overall, 2010
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2014–present

Playing careerEdit

After playing junior hockey with the Des Moines Buccaneers and the U.S. National Development Team in the United States Hockey League, Brickley committed to a collegiate career with the University of Vermont of the Hockey East.

Upon completion of his senior year with the Catamounts, he was immediately assigned to the Panthers' AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage on an amateur try-out contract to make his professional debut to end the 2013–14 season. Brickley was signed to a two-year entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers on April 21, 2014.[1]

In his first full professional season with the Rampage in the 2014–15 season, Brickley adapted quickly the professional circuit in amassing 22 goals and 47 points in 73 games. After a strong off-season of development, Brickley impressed at his second Panthers training camp and made the club's opening night roster to begin the 2015–16 season. He made his NHL debut with the Panthers in a 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on October 10, 2015.[2] In his third game, Brickley recorded his first NHL goal, and point, in a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on October 13, 2015.[3]

Approaching the beginning of the 2016–17 season, Brickley was traded by the Panthers to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Brody Sutter on October 11, 2016.[4] He was directly assigned to AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Over the duration of the season, Brickley posted 15 goals and 26 points in 69 games with the Checkers.

On June 21, 2017, Brickley was selected from the Hurricanes at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. The Hurricanes also dealt a fifth-round selection in 2017 to Vegas in order for Brickley to be the agreed choice as he was a pending unrestricted free agent.[5] On July 1, he returned to the Panthers on a one-year, two-way contract.[6] Brickley returned to the NHL in the 2017–18 season, remaining on the roster for the full season. In 44 games with the Panthers and used in a checking line role, Brickley scored 4 goals and 12 points.

As a free agent at the conclusion of his contract, Brickley left the Panthers to sign a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators on July 1, 2018.[7] After attending the Predators training camp, Brickley was assigned to begin the 2018–19 season with AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. In a top-nine forward role, Brickley posted 7 goals and 11 points in 39 games with the Admirals, before he was traded by the Predators to the New York Rangers in exchange for Cole Schneider on January 14, 2019.[8]

As a member of the New York Rangers, Brickley played 14 games, with 1 goal and 3 assists. His lone NHL goal of the 2018–19 season came against the Carolina Hurricanes on February 19.

PersonalEdit

Brickley is the son of Robin and Craig Brickley, who played collegiate hockey with the University of Pennsylvania in the 1970s. He is first cousin, once removed to Boston Bruins longtime broadcasting announcer and former NHL player Andy Brickley.[9] He is also cousins with Daniel Brickley.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Belmont Hill School USHS 30 17 18 35 60
2009–10 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 52 22 21 43 68
2009–10 U.S. National Development Team USDP 14 2 5 7 6
2010–11 University of Vermont HE 35 4 9 13 33
2011–12 University of Vermont HE 23 9 3 12 16
2012–13 University of Vermont HE 24 3 5 8 31
2013–14 University of Vermont HE 35 5 10 15 49
2013–14 San Antonio Rampage AHL 8 1 1 2 4
2014–15 San Antonio Rampage AHL 73 22 25 47 66 3 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 23 1 4 5 14
2015–16 Portland Pirates AHL 45 12 15 27 26 5 0 1 1 2
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 69 15 11 26 57 5 2 2 4 0
2017–18 Florida Panthers NHL 44 4 8 12 19
2018–19 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 39 7 4 11 18
2018–19 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 13 2 4 6 2
2018–19 New York Rangers NHL 14 1 3 4 9
NHL totals 81 6 15 21 42

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States WJC18   7 0 4 4 4
2012 United States WJC 7th 3 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 10 0 4 4 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Connor Brickley agrees to entry-level contract with Panthers". Florida Panthers. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Panther take big lead early, defeat Flyers in opener". Florida Panthers. October 10, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Connor Brickley scores first NHL goal, Panther beat Hurricanes 4-1". National Hockey League. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Hurricanes acquire Connor Brickley in exchange for Brody Sutter". Charlotte Checkers. October 11, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Hurricanes lose Connor Brickley to Vegas in expansion draft". News & Observer. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Panthers' Connor Brickley: Signs on with Panthers". CBS Sports. July 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Predators ink forward Connor Brickley to a one-year contract". Nashville Predators. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Rangers acquire forward Connor Brickley". New York Rangers. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Fialkov, Harvey (October 30, 2015). "Panthers rookie Brickley to face his hometown Bruins". Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "DANIEL BRICKLEY". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.

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