Kyle Connor: 2015 NHL Top Prospect

Kyle Connor — 

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Kyle Connor.

League:  USHL     Team:  Youngstown Phantoms

Position:  C/LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Dec.9, 1996     Birthplace:  Shelby Township, MI

Height: 6’1     Weight:  185

2014-15 USHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 56  G: 34  A: 46   Pts: 80  PIM: 6  Plus/Minus: +3

Kyle Connor played this past season in the USHL for the Youngstown Phantoms.  


1.  Represented Team USA and won a Gold Medal at the 2013-14 U18 WJC.

2.  Won the 2014-15 USHL scoring championship. 

3.  Named 2014-15 USHL “Player of the Year”.

Offensive Buzzwords

Kyle Connor would be considered a two-way center that is an excellent play-maker that can also put the puck in the net.  He has terrific hands and creates time and space for his line-mates. Connor has elite level offensive hockey sense, sees the ice extremely well and makes plays at high-speed.  


Kyle Connor is an elite level skater with better than average, speed, balance and agility.  He is one of the better skaters in the first round.

#18 Kyle Connor:  video – 3:27 seconds 

Defensive Buzzwords

Kyle Connor works very hard on his defensive game and he is positionally sound.  He plays a 200 ft. game, working hard in all three zones with a solid compete level.

Prospect Analysis 

Kyle Connor is a slick play-maker that can also score.  He has elite level hockey sense, a high compete level, and plays a 200 foot game.  Connor is one of the better skaters in this years draft and should be a solid “Top Six” forward at the NHL level.  He’s versatile and can play center or left-wing.  He will be developing his game further in the NCAA at the University of Michigan and should be a solid pro in two to three years. 

Projected:  #12 – #16


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