Connor knows what he has to do7 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2023
LAS VEGAS — There are few things Kyle Connor loves more than scoring goals.
The Winnipeg Jets forward is pretty darn good at it, too. He has scored at least 30 goals in nearly all of his six seasons in the NHL, including a career-high 47 goals last season. The only year he didn’t reach the mark came in the shortened, 56-game campaign in 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in 26 goals.
In fact, since joining the NHL full-time in the 2017-18 season, only six players have more goals than Connor’s 207, including Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin (264), Toronto’s Auston Matthews (259), Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (257), Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (256), Boston’s David Pastrnak (242) and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (209).
“Winning is the most important thing but it’s definitely great if you can combine the two,” Connor told the Free Press following practice Wednesday. “If you look at Game 3, with the crowd at home and we’re going into overtime, it’s every kid’s dream of scoring an overtime winner. Everyone in this locker room loves to score goals and takes pride in it. For me, it’s definitely up there.”
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