“I have a lot to prove. I know that I am a better player and I’m not the same player I was when I was 19. I just need to show that. I’m looking to build on everything that I did last year and bring that here (to training camp) and prove to the organization that I want to be here long term. I want to be part of this; they have a good thing going here.” Connolly told the Tampa Tribune.
Connolly made the team when he was 19 years old back in 2011-2012 where he recorded 15 points in 68 games. Last year during his time in the minors, he scored 31 goals and 63 points in 71 games with Syracuse.
He also says he learned how to play better defensively, hopefully it’s enough to help him win a roster spot this season with the Lightning.