Around the Rink
Monday was a day for rookie defensemen, with three first-year blueliners – Kevin Connauton, Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci – tallying their very first NHL goals. Ceci's was particularly special – a long-distance snap shot that beat the Blues' Brian Elliott in overtime – but all three of these youngsters are worth keeping an eye on, as they're in possession of terrifically high upside.
Ceci, a prolific scorer in junior and 2012 first-round pick, has starred in his short time in the AHL, totaling 19 points in 27 games from the blue line. Connauton, a two-time double-digit goal scorer as a defenseman in the AHL, has had some struggles this year that stem from a lack of playing time, but he's got speed and a booming shot from the point that gives him great long-term potential on the power play. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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