Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/9/12
Up & Comer To understand the type of player Kevin Connauton is, consider his role in the Chicago Wolves second goal in a recent 4-2 win over the Rockford IceHogs. Connauton started with the puck at centre ice and burst into the offensive zone untouched before dropping  it back to Mark Mancari. Mancari’s quick shot was stopped by Carton Hutton but Anton Rodin popped home the rebound. Kevin’s role in the goal was remarkably similar to what Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Coach Alain Vigneault envision for the blueliners on the big squad: fleet of foot, quick on the transition, and an important component of the offence. Oh, and the goal came in the first game back from the AHL All-Star Weekend, where Connauton won the hardest shot competition with a blistering 99.4 MPH, and dominated the game itself where he scored the goal that sent the game to overtime and an eventual shootout win. It all points to Connauton assuming the runner-up position to Chris Tanev on the Canucks’ def...
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