Kevin Connauton (D)
Enters his fourth professional season in 2013-14. Connauton was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Dallas on April 2, 2013 along with a second round draft pick from Vancouver in exchange for Derek Roy. Connauton made his professional and AHL debut with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) on October 10, 2010 at Peoria and scored a goal for his first career pro and AHL point. During his time with the Chicago Wolves, Connauton was selected to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City. During the AHL Skills Competition he won the hardest shot contest by recording a 99.4 MPH shot and then he scored the game-tying goal of the All-Star Game at 15:53 of the third period, sending the game into a shootout, and subsequently an 8-7 victory for the Western Conference All-Stars. Connauton made his Texas Stars debut on April 5, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City and scored his first goal for the team on April 12, 2013 at Charlotte, notching the game-winning goal in overtime at Time Warner Cable Arena. He led the Stars in points during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs, recording five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in nine post season games. A restricted free agent this summer, Connauton signed a new three-year contract with Dallas on June 13, 2013 (two-way the first year and one-way in year’s two and three). He played one season of NCAA Division I college hockey for Western Michigan University (CCHA) where he was a 2009 CCHA All-Rookie Team honorable mention. Connauton then played one season of major junior hockey for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL (2009-10) where he set franchise records for most goals (24) and points (72) by a defenseman in a single season. He finished the 2009-10 season leading the WHL in defenseman scoring and rookie points and was named to the WHL West First All-Star Team.