After his first NHL hat trick and a big game against the Kings earlier in the week the Jets Kyle Connor has garnered the 1st Star of the Week in the NHL. This is the second time he has been in the Top 3 as he was the NHL 3rd Star of the Week last season (one year less a day ago).
Connor, 22, opened the week with a goal and an assist in Winnipeg’s 3-2 win over Los Angeles on Monday. On Wednesday, the product of Shelby Township, Mich. had another two-point effort (1G, 1A) in the Jets’ 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. After he was held off the scoresheet on Thursday at Vegas, Connor recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist in Winnipeg’s 5-0 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. His third goal against the Predators was his 32nd of the season to set a new career high. Connor led the NHL with five goals and was tied for top spot with eight points last week.
On the season, Connor has set new career highs for points (61), goals (32), and assists (29) in 75 games. He is the fifth player in franchise history to record multiple 30-goal seasons after tallying 31 in last year’s rookie campaign and he’s just the second player to do so in his first two full seasons, joining Patrik Laine.
This was the eighth time this season the Jets have been given the nod for a spot in as a top 3 Star:
Mark Scheifele – 1st Star, 2nd Star x2
Blake Wheeler – 2nd Star x 2
Patrik Laine – 1st Star
Jack Roslovic – 1st Star.
Kyle Connor – 1st Star
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