The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with forward Kyle Connor on an seven-year contract with an average annual value of $7.14 million.
Connor, 21, played in his second full season with the Jets in 2018-19 and set career highs in goals (34), assists (32), and points (66) while playing in all 82 games for Winnipeg. Connor was the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending on Mar. 24/19 after he recorded eight points (5G, 3A) in four games, including his first career hat trick against the Nashville Predators on Mar. 23/19. The Shelby Township, Mich. native added another five points (3G, 2A) in six playoff games.
Connor’s rookie campaign in 2017-18 saw him lead all freshmen in goals with 31, as he finished in fourth place in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year. Connor joined Patrik Laine as the second Jet to record 30-or-more goals in each of their first two years. The two are among just five players in franchise history with multiple 30-goal campaigns.
Connor was drafted in the first round (17th overall) by the Jets in the 2015 NHL Draft.