Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/26/11

The Tampa Bay Lightning will keep rookie right wing Brett Connolly on the roster, activating his entry-level contract, the Tampa Tribune reported.

According to the report, the newspaper received a text message from Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman that read, "FYI, we're keeping Brett."

Connolly has two assists, 17 shots and eight penalty minutes through nine games. Teams are allowed to keep rookies on their rosters for a 10-game trial preiod before their three-year entry level contract becomes active.

Connolly was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He has been playing on the power play and has a plus-5 rating.

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