Jr. | F | Westland, Mich.
spectacular sophomore season included a SportsCenter moment.
Statistics: Was among the top four goal scorers in
the WCHA last season after lighting the lamp 25 times; named
the national player of the month for October last season;
featured as an ESPN Play of the Day last December after an
eye-popping goal vs. Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational.
He Does: If Conner’s opening month this season
is anything like his opening month last season, opponents
beware. In the Huskies’ first seven games of Conner’s
sophomore campaign, the nimble forward recorded a pair of
hat tricks and 18 points. While he slowed down a little after
that sizzling start, and the team faded down the stretch (mostly
due to struggles in goal and on defense), Conner provides
Tech fans with the promise of a highlight film goal every
time he hops over the boards, and the hope of a return to
respectability for a long-suffering program.
Bigger Picture: There were some serious fireworks
to be had when the Huskies were penalized last season. Tech
surrendered the most power play goals of any WCHA team, and
Conner’s eight shorthanded goals led the nation, meaning
that when there was a Husky in the box, you were pretty much
assured of seeing a goal scored by someone. An improvement
on the defensive side of that equation might loosen the Huskies’
kung-fu grip on the WCHA cellar (Tech has finished eighth
or worse for six consecutive seasons).
State, Mankato, coach Troy Jutting on Conner: "Chris
is an electric player who can beat you one-on-one with his
feet or his hands. He’s a scary kid with the puck on