32-Year-Old Right Wing – Philadelphia Flyers
Chris Conner Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Flyers in July 2015.
Conner was recalled by the Flyers along with seven others following the conclusion of the AHL Lehigh Valley season.
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Conner shuffled between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre from 2009-2011 before spending time with Detroit and Phoenix. Well, he's back in the 'Burgh now and will probably spend more turnpike fees driving between Consol Energy Center and the team's AHL complex. Conner maxed out at 16 points in 60 games for the Pens in 2011-12 and is unlikely to see that much action again. He had a magical two-game stint skating alongside Sidney Crosby several seasons ago, but it's a good bet he spends most of the upcoming season in the AHL.
Conner tallied 53 points and 22 PIMs with Detroit's AHL affiliate last season and notched three points in eight games at the NHL level. He's played in 147 NHL games and delivered 43 points, but is most likely to provide depth for the Coyotes with most of his time spent in Portland.
A speedy Michigan native who recorded seven goals and 16 points in 60 games for the Penguins last season, Conner will have a chance to claim a depth forward role with Detroit, presumably as a fourth-line energy type.
Conner found his 15 minutes of fame when he scored two goals with Sidney Crosby in a game last spring. Unfortunately, those were the only two markers Conner cashed in on during his eight-game stay in Pittsburgh. At 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, Conner has the decked stacked against him. From a fantasy perspective, Conner's best bet might be as a waiver-wire pickup for a short period of time when injuries strike the Pens. He's a long shot to make the team out of training camp.
Conner never fulfilled his sleeper promise with the Stars several seasons ago. He enters the 2009-10 season as an AHLer who looks to rebuild a once-promising career. Last year Conner split his time between the AHL, where he collected 28 points in 30 games, and Dallas, where he scored three goals and 13 points in 38 contests. There would need to be a lot of injuries with the big club before Conner gets a chance with Pittsburgh.
Conner's speed got him an occasional look on a scoring line, but his effectiveness was limited to being able to battle for the puck and the corner and skate like hell after it when it came loose. He'll see some occasional NHL action again this season, but there's nothing here of value.
Conner saw brief action with Dallas when injuries dictated, and was decent as an energy line player at times. His season in the AHL (48 games, 19 goals, 18 assists) was solid, but his size (5'8", 175) is a limitation even in today's NHL. He won't have a large role with Dallas in 2007-08.