Kevin Connauton
Kevin Connauton
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
Injury Face
Est. Return 9/17/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Connauton was unable to replicate his 21-point campaign from 2017-18, producing only eight points in 50 contests last year. The Coyotes flipped the defender to the Avalanche for Carl Soderberg in June 2019, giving Connauton a fresh start. Connauton found himself a healthy scratch at times in 2018-19, and that may continue with the Avs, as they aim to go young on defense. The journeyman will likely start the year in the lineup given injuries to veterans Erik Johnson and Ian Cole, but it will be up to Connauton to prove he deserves to play when the two defenders return. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Coyotes in June 2018.
Slowed by facial fracture
DColorado Avalanche
September 13, 2019
Connauton (face) wore a non-contact jersey during Friday's practice,'s Rick Sadowski reports.
Connauton suffered a fractured cheekbone after taking a puck to the face 10 days ago, so he'll likely be eased into action during training camp, but his injury shouldn't impact his availability for Colorado's Opening night matchup with Calgary. The 29-year-old will be a serviceable bottom-pairing defender for the Avalanche until Ian Cole (hip) is cleared to return, but he won't be a viable fantasy option.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Connauton was set to become an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2018-19 campaign but Coyotes GM John Chayka bestowed a two-year, $2.75 million extension on him in July after the blueliner achieved career-best numbers across the board in his fifth NHL season. In addition to lighting the lamp 11 times on a 10.8 shooting percentage, Connauton maintained a tidy plus-3 rating to complement 116 hits and 72 blocked shots. Since he's been associated with 11 teams between five league levels over the last 12 years, KC qualifies as a late bloomer, though Arizona will take what it can get from the rugged two-way defenseman in 2018-19.
Connauton came to the Coyotes in midseason last year, and he performed admirably in a fairly limited role. The 26-year-old will find it tough to carve out a meaningful role on a revamped team that also brought in Alex Goligoski. Still, the 2009 third-round pick totaled five goals and 12 assists last year – four tallies and five helpers with the ‘Yotes – to go along with 60 PIM, which is decent when you consider his unfavorable ice time (16:34 average between Columbus and Arizona). The numbers are certainly not eye-popping, which may leave Connauton unclaimed come draft day, especially without an established pairing coming into the 2016-17 year, but it's worth noting that the former AHL All-Star has intriguing shooting ability from the blue line.
With a number of adjustments happening on the blue line in Dallas, Connauton has the opportunity to take on a much larger role in his sophomore year. He's pencilled in as the Stars' sixth man on the back end and his points-per-60 minutes of play (0.87) suggest that he could expand on his one-goal, seven-assist performance (36 games) last season. But there are no guarantees he'll win that gig given the number of other young defenseman in the Dallas system that are looking to grab that full-time slot. Coach Lindy Ruff seemed to see his potential last season, playing him over veteran Aaron Rome last year. But he'll have to deliver on that potential to earn a regular spot and be worthy of fantasy consideration.
Connauton arrived at the trade deadline last year in a deal that sent Derek Roy to Vancouver and immediately impressed Dallas management with his play for the team's AHL affiliate. He's being mentioned as an option for Dallas' third pairing as training camp nears and his puck moving ability and powerful shot could fit in well on the second power-play unit if he makes the team.
Connauton is one of the Canucks’ top defensive prospects. The 22-year old blueliner totaled 33 points (13 G, 20 A) in his second season at the AHL level. At 6-1 and 195 pounds, Connauton has good size, but he’s not known for being a very physical player. His specialty lies in his offensive skillset, as his booming shot is an ideal fit for the power play. After two seasons in the AHL, Connauton could get a look with the Canucks this year, but he’s still probably a year or two away from being a full-time contributor.
Connauton is fresh off his first season for Manitoba of the AHL with 11 goals, 12 assists and 51 penalty minutes in 73 games. The Canucks' 2009 third-round pick profiles as an offensive-minded blueliner who should be a power-play contributor down the line, but at 21 years old, he'll need some more time honing his skills at the AHL level before getting a legitimate shot in Vancouver.
Connauton was selected by the Canucks in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He’s an offensive-minded defenseman who thrives on the power play with his big shot. The 20-year-old blueliner showed off those offensive skills in his first season with Vancouver of the WHL, finishing with 72 points (24 G, 48 A) in 69 games. Look for Connauton to get some seasoning at the AHL level, but keeper leagues should already be taking notice of this up-and-coming prospect.
The Canucks selected Connauton in the third round of the 2009 draft. At 6-1, 180, he's a big body who the Canucks think can develop into a solid blueliner. The 19-year-old showed flashes of an offensive game with Western Michigan University last season, totaling 18 points in 40 games. He has already signed with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL for the 2009-10 season and will likely need a few years of seasoning at the lower levels before making a splash with the Canucks.
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Traded to Colorado
DColorado Avalanche
June 25, 2019
The Coyotes traded Connauton to the Avalanche in exchange for Carl Soderberg and a 2020 third-round pick Tuesday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
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Blocks four shots
DArizona Coyotes
March 5, 2019
Connauton picked up an assist and four blocked shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks.
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Will be scratched Wednesday
DArizona Coyotes
January 16, 2019
Connauton (lower body) will serve as a healthy scratch versus San Jose on Wednesday, reports.
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No go Sunday
DArizona Coyotes
Lower Body
January 13, 2019
Connauton (lower body) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Calgary.
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Remains out Saturday
DArizona Coyotes
Lower Body
January 12, 2019
Connauton (lower body) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Oilers.
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