Conner Bleackley, Center
Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Conner Bleackley (left) puts on a team sweater in front of head coachPatrick Roy
after being selected as the number twenty-three overall pick to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Current team: Red Deer Rebels, WHL
Weight: 192 pounds
The Colorado Avalanche drafted Conner Bleackley in 2014 with the team’s first round draft pick at #23. Bleackley attended prospect and training camps last season. However, there was some question about his fitness in head coach Patrick Roy’s mind, so Bleackley spent another season with his WHL team, the Red Deer Rebels.
Bleackley had an excellent season with the Rebels, scoring 29 goals and earning a total of 68 points. Bleackley is known especially for having the heart of a lion. He’s a gritty player with good ice vision, which helps make up a little for his lack of size.
Everyone praises Bleackley’s leadership as well – it was something coach Roy especially noted last year when Colorado drafted him. Bleackley may not have it in him to be a top-six forward, but he could well find himself on the energy line in a couple years.