Starting this Saturday, the Florida Panthers rookies and prospects will be competing in their annual Rookie Tournament in Coral Springs, Florida – and as of Wednesday afternoon, it’s been confirmed that Connor Brickley will be joining them.
Just a few days after the Panthers released their official rookie tournament roster, the team added Brickley, a forward, to the list of players who will face off against rookies and prospects from the Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Nashville Predators. He’ll join Adam Mascherin, Jonathan Ang and Riley Stillman – three of the team’s 2016 draft picks – as well as other top prospects from the team’s system in the three-day tournament.
A native of Everett, Massachusetts, Brickley was selected by the Panthers in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with the 50th overall pick. The former USHL forward then went on to play for four seasons at the University of Vermont, then went pro with Florida in 2014 and has been in their system ever since.
Despite putting up slightly lower offensive numbers as a member of the Vermont team during his tenure there, the 24-year-old left wing has solidified himself as a solid forward option in Florida’s AHL system – and last year, he got his first taste of the NHL. Brickley skated out in 23 regular season games with Florida, recording his first career NHL goal and five points in the process.
Here’s a look at the rest of Florida’s roster for the tournament.