Kyle Connor

Kyle Connor

27-Year-Old Left WingLW
Winnipeg Jets
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Part of Connor's trouble in 2022-23 was more symptomatic of the Jets' flaws as a team. Things didn't work in head coach Rick Bowness's first year with Winnipeg, with lots of shuffling in the top six. Still, even in a down year, Connor had 31 goals, 49 assists and 29 power-play points while remaining one of the team's most dynamic forwards. There's room for optimism with Connor heading into 2023-24 -- he shot 11.4 percent last year, his lowest mark since becoming a full-timer. He's also still just 26 years old and has a proven track record of 30-goal talent without sacrificing playmaking. The Jets are increasingly Connor's show to star in, and it's safe to assume he'll return solid value as a top-50 overall player this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $50 million contract with the Jets in September of 2019.
Credited with goal in loss
LWWinnipeg Jets
April 30, 2024
Connor scored a goal on six shots in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Avalanche in Game 3.
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Connor was awarded the Jets' first goal after a series of blunders led to the Avalanche putting the puck in their own net. The winger had three goals, two assists, 19 shots on net and a minus-4 rating over five playoff outings during the Jets' first-round exit. Connor has two years remaining on his contract and should continue to be a top-six force for the Jets in 2024-25.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:43
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:20
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:09
 
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21:47
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20:32
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Winnipeg was of one the NHL's greatest disappointments last year, but the team's struggles didn't impact Connor in the least, as the speedster broke out to the tune of career-best marks in goals (47), assists (46), points (93), and shots on goal (317). Connor's 28 points with the man advantage were particularly encouraging, as additional power-play production only serves to enhance his already immensely high floor. It's scary to think what Connor's potential might be if the Jets are able to get some bounce-back performances from the likes of Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Either way, Connor, who will turn 26 in December, should produce at a high level.
Equal parts scorer and playmaker, Connor provides a balanced scoring approach at left wing. He produced 26 goals, 24 assists and 166 shots on net in 56 contests last season, taking only a marginal step back on his scoring pace. The Michigan native has never shot lower than 15 percent in a full NHL campaign, and he's virtually guaranteed top-six minutes and first-unit power-play time with the Jets. The 24-year-old has room to grow heading into the 2021-22 season, and there's a good chance he could challenge for his first 80-point season if all goes well. He won't provide much physicality, but the offense alone is worth an early-to-middle round pick.
While more prominent names like Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine may garner most of the Jets attention when it comes to fantasy drafts, it's actually Connor who leads the team in goals over the last three seasons with 103 in 229 appearances, including three straight 30-goal campaigns. In terms of his overall point total over that stretch, the speedy winger still trails Scheifele and Wheeler, but he's closing in on Laine in terms of pure fantasy value at this point. If there's a knock on Connor's game, it's the fact that only 17 of his 73 points last season were scored with the man advantage, despite averaging 3:18 of power-play ice time, primarily with the No. 1 unit. Still, the goal-scoring youngster could be in line to reach both the 40-goal and 80-point thresholds in 2020-21, assuming the league plays a full 82-game season.
After a breakout 2017-18 campaign, there was some speculation that Connor may have been a flash in the pan or a beneficiary of circumstance playing with elite talents Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. However, the youngster carried his own again last year, once again topping the 30-goal mark while frequently slotted into a second-line role away from the Jets' superstars. The speedy winger figures to slot into the first line again to start the season and is a lock for the No. 1 power play, and any demotion to another line will probably be related to jumpstarting other players and not about Connor himself. If he continues to grow in his development, a 40-goal campaign is certainly not out of the question heading into 2019-20.
Connor's first full season in the NHL was a resounding success, as the dynamic winger ranked 27th (tied with four others) in league scoring with 31 goals complementing 26 assists and 11 power-play points to cap off the 2017-18 regular season. The Michigan native's rate of offensive production tapered off a bit in the playoffs (0.58 points per game), but it should be known that he's only 21 years old with plenty of room to grow on a lethal top line that also features Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine -- those two had 161 points between them last year. While there's no doubt that Connor will have plenty of fanfare in the fantasy realm after finishing fourth in the Calder Trophy voting, it's conceivable that as many as five Jets could be drafted ahead of him based on experience level alone which renders the young sniper a true bargain.
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April 23, 2024
Connor provided an assist, fired two shots on goal and added four PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Avalanche in Game 2.
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Three points in Game 1 win
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April 21, 2024
Connor scored twice on five shots, dished an assist, went plus-2 and added two hits in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Avalanche in Game 1.
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Set to play Sunday
LWWinnipeg Jets
April 19, 2024
Connor (rest) will suit up for Game 1 against the Avalanche on Sunday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
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Not playing Thursday
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April 18, 2024
Connor (rest) will be held out of the final game of the season versus Vancouver on Thursday, Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
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Scores twice in win
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April 16, 2024
Connor scored two goals on three shots in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Kraken.
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Lady Byng nominee
LWWinnipeg Jets
May 18, 2022
Connor was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy on Wednesday.
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Connor took just two minor penalties in 79 games this season, the fewest among the three nominees. Overall, it was a career year for the winger as he racked up 47 goals and 93 points, both personal bests. Looking ahead to next season, Connor should continue to produce at an elite level and should be taken in early rounds of re-draft formats.
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