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Is Brett Connolly underrated?

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He's fifth on our Top 25 under 25. Vote for number 6 here!

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  • Position: RW
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 181 lbs
  • League last year: NHL
  • Age this year: 23
  • Acquired: 2015 trade, for 2015 and 2016 2nd round picks

Brett Connolly is relatively new to us in Boston. Right after he arrived, he was out with a broken hand due to an unfortunate run in with an ancient boat anchor. However, he's been in the NHL since the 2011-12 season. In that time, he's played 139 games, which puts him well on his way to the 160 games that would get him an NHLPA pension.

So is he any good? Well, corsi-wise he's showed improvement each year in the league, with this most recent one being the best:

Yes, the goal differential is not as good, but the shot data certainly is. Hopefully, as he'll only be 23 this year, that can continue. I don't know if I'd slot him onto the top line just yet, but he seems like one of those guys that can be useful to the Bruins. And he's better than the guy who's just there to keep Zac Rinaldo off the roster.

Anyways, here he is sniping one on Henrik Lundqvist:

Box Score:

Season Age Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% SA TOI ATOI
2011-12 19 NHL 68 4 11 15 -9 30 3 1 0 2 94 4.3% 156 780 11:28
2012-13 20 NHL 5 1 0 1 -3 0 0 1 0 0 10 10.0% 19 51 10:16
2012-13 20 AHL 71 31 32 63 19 53 22 9 0 8 207 15.0%
2013-14 21 NHL 11 1 0 1 -5 4 1 0 0 1 12 8.3% 18 132 12:01
2014-15 22 NHL 55 12 5 17 3 48 10 2 0 2 83 14.5% 143 668 12:09
Total NHL 139 18 16 34 -14 82 14 4 0 5 199 9.0% 336 1631 17:36
Total AHL 71 31 32 63 19 53 22 9 0 8 207 15.0%

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The list, as voted by you, so far:

  1. David Pastrnak (63%)
  2. Torey Krug (47%)
  3. Ryan Spooner (60%)
  4. Zach Trotman (40%)
  5. Brett Connolly (46%)

Who's our sixth-best under-25 player or prospect?