Tim Connolly has never quite lived up to his expectations and isn’t considered a legitimate first-line centre by many. He played for the Buffalo Sabres for a good portion of his career and was not well liked by the fans, to say the least.
When healthy, Connolly is a great playmaker. The problem is that he’s had a hard time staying healthy over the years.
As a pass-first forward, he will prove to be a good compliment for Phil Kessel’s sniper mentality. They would be better suited for each other if both of them weren’t right-handed shots, though.
The 30-year-old is close to a point-per-game player and has great hands. He is also a solid penalty killer, something the Leafs sorely need.
Connolly has been given a great opportunity in Toronto. At his age, it may be the last one he gets. When healthy, Connolly will make the most of that opportunity this season.
2011-2012 Projection: GP 69, G 14, A 47, P 61